Storm Helene downgraded, but forecasters warn coastal residents to be wary

Strong winds are forecast

Strong winds are forecast

Experts expected the former hurricane to calm somewhat as it approached the United Kingdom but the Met Office has now sent out a "danger to life" warning as winds are set to hit speeds of up to 80mph.

Meanwhile 1.6in (40mm) could fall over parts of Ireland.

Storm Helene is forecast to impact the United Kingdom with powerful gusts reaching 70mph and heavy rain from around 6pm this evening.

Meteorologist at the Met Office Emma Smith said: "Helene is moving up from the Atlantic towards us".

Met Office spokesman Mike Reading added: 'One of the dangers being taken into account is that trees are still in leaf.

"Winds are likely to gust to 55-65 miles per hour quite widely in the warning area, with possible gusts of 70-80 miles per hour in exposure".

Although Storm Helene is due to subside tomorrow, weather expert Alan O'Reilly claims a second storm due to arrive on Wednesday could be a "bigger concern".

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Met Office weather warnings have pointed to a bleak future for much of the United Kingdom as former hurricane-turned tropical depression Helene tears for the country.

Heading into Monday night is when we'll begin to see the remnants of tropical storm Helene.

A full yellow warning is in place for north east England, north west England, Northern Ireland, southwest Scotland and Lothian Borders, south west England, Strathclyde, Wales and Yorkshire & Humber.

High gusts in the 50s or low 60s mph area also possible over high ground in northern England during the early hours of Tuesday.

The Met Office warning has been issued from 6pm on Monday to noon on Tuesday, with gales of up to 70mph expected.

More generally, rain will be persistent and often heavy today in parts of Connacht and west Ulster.

Met Éireann have predicted heavy rain this afternoon and tonight in counties Donegal, West Galway, North Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo.

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