Storm Fergus: Police tell public to ‘avoid area’ after reports tornado struck Irish village – as heavy rain forecast in UK | World News

Homes and cars village have been seriously damaged and police have told the public to “avoid the area” after a possible tornado hit an Irish village.

Officers in Ireland said the village of Leitrim was “closed” while emergency services responded to an incident.

They added there were no reports of anyone being seriously injured but footage on social media appeared to show a tornado sweeping through, and pictures were shared of damaged vehicles and buildings in the aftermath.

It follows warnings about Storm Fergus hitting Ireland and the UK today.

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The Met Office earlier published new weather warnings for rain.

it also warned that Fergus – the second storm named by forecasters in Ireland this weekend – will bring gusty winds, particularly in the west of the UK, as well as further rainfall on Sunday evening.

A yellow rain warning covering an area stretching from Carlisle to Sheffield is in place from 5pm today through to 3am on Monday morning.

It warns of heavy rain, the possibility of flooding, and potential disruption to transport.

A separate warning for rain is in place from 11am through to 11pm today in southwest Scotland.

There are also yellow alerts for rain in eastern parts of Scotland, in the areas of Aberdeen, and Dornoch and Tain, from midday until 9pm tonight.

Weather warnings in place for the UK on Sunday 10 December

Forecasters say the strongest winds are likely to hit south Wales and areas around the Bristol Channel.

Trains, flights, ferries and car journeys could be disrupted by the bad weather, while seafronts and coastal communities may be affected by spray and large waves.

Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge said conditions will hopefully turn drier and more settled in the second half of next week.

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Storm Fergus was named by the Irish meteorological service, Met Eireann.

On Saturday, Storm Elin brought strong winds and heavy downpours to parts of the UK and Ireland.

Manchester was particularly affected, with train services from Piccadilly cancelled after an overhead line “exploded”.

Northern Rail issued a “do not travel” alert to passengers, citing “multiple weather-related incidents”.

Trains travelling to Liverpool, Wales, Norwich, York and Edinburgh were all affected.

Some passengers were left stranded, with many being forced to hire expensive taxis or get hotel rooms.


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