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Storm Jorge set to batter Cumbria

The UK is set to be battered by strong gale force winds on Saturday.

Storm Jorge, named by the Spanish Met service, means a rain warning for Friday into Saturday, followed by a wind warning Saturday into Sunday.

Met Éireann has also issued widespread warnings. Amber warnings - for dangerous/disruptive weather - are in place for the western counties.

These warnings are for Counties Galway, Mayo, Clare, Kerry, Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo.

After storm Dennis which is the most recent storm to hit the UK, the next storm was set to be “Ellen”.

The reason it was not named Storm Ellen is because it was named first by the Spanish meteorological service.

The Met Office and Met Éireann, who work together along with the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, decided to keep the name to avoid confusion.

Chief meteorologist at the Met Office, Paul Gundersen, said the storm would "bring strong winds to parts of the UK with several wind and rain warnings in place".

Strong winds will move into south-western parts of the UK by Saturday afternoon, and steadily move north-east through the course of Saturday evening and overnight into Sunday morning.

Gusts of 50-60 mph are likely quite widely, and especially in association with heavier showers across England and Wales during Saturday afternoon. More isolated gusts of 65-70 mph, particularly on coasts and other exposed areas, are probable.

What to expect

  • Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely.

  • Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges likely.

  • It’s likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities affected by spray and/or large waves.

Impact Matrix Grid (C) Met Office

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