Storm Franklin named by Met Office as Britain braces for winds up to 80mph

The Met Office has named another storm that is set to cause disruption in Britain as more weather warnings are issued.

Storm Franklin follows Dudley and Eunice and is likely to have less of an impact than Eunice, in which three people in the UK were killed on Friday.

The low pressure system is expected to bring high winds during Sunday night and into Monday morning, the Met Office said.

An amber wind warning is in place for northern areas of Northern Ireland from early Monday morning, which could see coastal gusts up to 80mph but more widely up to 60 to 70mph with the risk of damage to buildings.

A Yellow Warning for wind which covers much of the rest of the UK, except the northeast, has also been issued for Storm Franklin from noon on Sunday to 1pm on Monday.

This could see gusts up to 75mph in coastal areas and up to 50-60mph inland.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Andy Page said: “Following the significant impacts of Storm Eunice on Friday, Storm Franklin will bring further high winds for many late on Sunday and into Monday, although not on the same scale as Eunice.

“Coastal areas of Northern Ireland, especially on that north coast, will get the strongest wind gusts, which could be around 80mph in a few places. Amber and Yellow Wind Warnings have been issued, and people should remain cautious ahead of the system that will bring 50-60mph wind gusts for much of the UK from late on Sunday and through Monday.”

The center of Storm Franklin will track eastwards over the north of Scotland from early Monday morning, with the highest winds expected on the southern flank of the system.

The center of Storm Franklin will clear into the North Sea on Monday morning, although high winds will continue to be felt for most through Monday, as is reflected in the Yellow Weather Warning.

A Yellow Weather Warning is also in force in the northwest of England, with heavy rain expected until 6pm.

Some associated snow is possible for many in Scotland and the north of England late on Sunday and into Monday. The highest accumulations will be in the high ground, adding to existing lying snow in many of these areas, although snow is also possible in some lower ground in the north.

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