Storm Barra: Heavy rain, 70mph winds and more disruption expected

Weather warnings are in place across England, Wales and Northern Ireland

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Storm Barra is currently raging across Ireland and heading into the UK this morning, with the weather system packing strong winds, heavy rain and snow. The Met Office have warned of a small chance of a "danger to life" in some parts due to the conditions.

Parts of west and southern Ireland are on red alert, and there are yellow warnings for wind in place across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Yellow snow warnings also cover southern and western Scotland.

People are still without power in the wake of Storm Arwen, which knocked out electricity to more than one million households 10 days ago - and Barra could bring even more damage and chaos to UK house holds.

There is also “a small chance” that larger-than-usual waves in coastal areas could present a risk of injury or potentially a threat to life if wild winds whip street furniture and beach material into the air.

Gusts of 67mph have already been recorded in the Isles of Scilly, off the far south-west coast of England, as Storm Barra moves its way in from the west.

There were also 70mph gusts on Sherkin Island, south-west of Co Cork in Ireland.

And there is expected to be further misery for homeowners still without power after Barra’s predecessor, Storm Arwen, left hundreds of households in the north-east of England without electricity.

Northern Powergrid said it was in “the final push” to reconnect the 500 customers who remain without power on Tuesday morning.

Heavy snowfall is expected across parts of Scotland and northern England from later on Tuesday, the Met Office said.

While the west of Ireland will receive the worst of the storm on Tuesday, yellow wind warnings are in place across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

There are further weather warnings in place across Northern Ireland and the south-west of England into Wednesday.

The Environment Agency had five flood warnings in place as of 10am Tuesday, meaning flooding is expected.

They are along the south coast of England between Dorset and Hampshire, in Christchurch, Beaulieu, Fareham, and Langstone and Emsworth, and along the Essex coast at Coalhouse Fort.

There are more than 30 flood alerts also in place, meaning flooding is possible.