Flights grounded and power outages as Storm Hannah SMASHES British Isles

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“Travel disruption is possible”

Alex Deakin

Severe weather warnings were issued across the Irish Republic with yellow statuses being enforced in 11 of Ireland’s 26 counties. 

Red level warnings were issued in counties Kerry and Clare in the south-west of the country as north-westerly winds reached “violent” speeds of up to 93mph between 7pm and 10pm on Friday. 

A red weather warning means people should “take action to protect themselves and their properties”. 

The winds were so powerful in Kerry and Cork that about 21,000 homes were left without power.

Meanwhile, two flights from Shannon Airport to London Heathrow were cancelled.

Several airports across the country, including Cork Airport, advised holidaygoers to check their flight’s status before setting off later today. 

Met Office forecasters also warned the UK could face several issues as Storm Hannah made its way across the British Isles. 

Meteorologist Alex Deakin said: “Those winds are strong enough to cause a few issues and will spread more widely across England and Wales during the day.

“Travel disruption is possible with ferry services, high-sided vehicles – particularly caravans – with trees, leaves and branches possibly being brought down. 

“There will be some heavy rain, with a wet start across most of Wales, northern England and particularly for Northern Ireland.”

Winds will be milder in Scotland, which could see some sunshine throughout the day. 

Brighter spells with some showers coming through the gales may be felt in the south. 

There will be outbreaks of rain, however, across northern England and southern Scotland. 

As a result, temperatures could fall to as low as 9C. 

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