Severe weather to disrupt transport in UK and Ireland

Storm Gareth is set to bring potentially destructive and life-threatening weather conditions at a speed of 80 mph

The UK Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for certain parts of the UK and Northern Ireland once Storm Gareth hits the Isles. The storm is expected to bring strong gales and heavy rain over a radius of about 1,000 miles.

The storm was intensifying and heading towards Iceland during Monday. It’s expected to head south towards the UK and Ireland during Tuesday.

The UK forecasts are particularly concerned about Northern Ireland and Southwest Scotland which are expected to be hit by Tuesday evening. Gusts of wind might reach some 60 mph (97 kph) inland. On the coast, the wind might reach up to 80 mph (129 kph).

“A spell of strong northwesterly winds are expected across Northern Ireland for the evening travel period, continuing overnight and Wednesday morning. Gusts of up to 60 mph are likely inland with a small chance of reaching 70 mph for a time in squally showers,” said the Met Office.

Storm Gareth could cause disruption to transport services with possible delays to flights and bus and train services

Storm Gareth could lead to severe disruptions in both countries. It brings a risk of damage to buildings, flying debris, large waves and flooding in addition to power cuts and travel disruptions.

The UK Met Office has issued a yellow warning for strong winds for Northern Ireland, Wales, most of England and western parts of Scotland. A rain warning has been issued for the North West of England, with up to two inches of rain expected.

The Irish weather service, Met Éireann, has issued an orange wind warning for areas in the northwest of Ireland. The rest of the country has been issued a yellow warning.

Forecasts are urging people in the affected areas to take precautions to minimise the possible risks.

People are advised to stay indoors and avoid driving unless absolutely necessary. Those having to drive should take particular care on exposed routes, such as bridges and high open roads.

“The windy conditions are also likely to lead to disruption on other modes of transport, so we urge those planning to travel on trains, ferries and flights to check with their operators to see if their services are affected,” added the Met Office.

The storm was named by Met Éireann on Monday. It is already the third named storm this year after Storm Erik in February and Freya earlier this month.