Severe weather warning issued as Calderdale prepares to face Storm Helene

Amber wind warning

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

Forecasters previously warned of 80mph force winds battering the United Kingdom later this evening, but this has been subject to change.

A yellow "be aware" alert for Storm Helene covered most of Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

Helene is now in the Atlantic Ocean following behind Hurricane Florence, which was expected to hit the eastern coast of the USA late Thursday or early Friday.

Howveer, Helene is expected to stick around until tomorrow.

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Dorset is "likely" to feel the force of Storm Helene, the Met Office says.

Where will storm Helene go?

A yellow warning has also been issued for southern Scotland and the whole west coast of England and Wales, from Penzance in Cornwall to Portpatrick in Dumfries and Galloway.

Helene will come with complications however, as some services could see trouble at the expense of severe winds.

There is also a chance that rail, air and ferry services may be affected in some areas, with longer journey times and cancellations possible.

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Tropical Storm Helene was expected to pass over or near the Azores late Saturday or Sunday.

Strong winds are due to hit East Lancashire this evening with power shortages and travel disruption expected.

Meanwhile in the Republic of Ireland, people are being warned of flooding.

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A smaller hurricane dubbed Isaac is reportedly heading for the Caribbean, while Hurricane Helene - now also in the Atlantic - is forecast to track towards the UK.

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"Tuesday night will be wet again with another spell of rain approaching, with lowest temperatures of 9C or 10C", the forecaster said. Highest temperatures of 15 to 18 degrees.

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