‘Frankenstorm’ on course to hit north west

Storm Frank.
Storm Frank.
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People across the North West have been urged to take extra precautions ahead of the ‘Frankenstorm’ expected to make landfall this afternoon.

Met Eireann have issued a Status Orange alert for Donegal while he Met Office in the north has issued with a Status Yellow warning for Derry.

The tropical Storm Frank is expected to bring gales in from the south this afternoon and evening after gathering speed as it crossed from the Atlantic.

There has also been a warning that further heavy and persistent rain will follow, falling on already saturated ground.

This follows flooding across many parts of Derry and Inishowen last night as a result of torrential downpours which saw one woman trapped in her car in Rosemount for a time before she managed to free herself, and several roads closed after becoming impassable.

The Met Office have predicted that today will start dry and bright before “turning very wet and windy this evening”.

It will be stormy along the west and northwest coast. Heavy rain will spread eastwards this afternoon and become widespread this evening.

Met Eireann

A spokesperson said: “Cloud will increase during the afternoon with rain reaching western counties. Light winds at first but strong southerly winds will pick up during the afternoon.”

Speaking about tonight they added: “Persistent and heavy rain will spread east across all parts during the evening. This will be accompanied by gale or severe gale force southerly winds.”

Across the border, Met Eireann are similarly predicting that it will become “very windy in all areas this afternoon and evening with strong to gale force southerly winds”.

A spokesperson said: “It will be stormy along the west and northwest coast. Heavy rain will spread eastwards this afternoon and become widespread this evening.

“Tonight will be very wet and windy with widespread rain turning heavy. Southerly winds will be strong to gale force and gusty at first, but decrease fresh to strong in the western half of the country by morning. It will be mild with lowest temperatures staying around 8 to 10 degrees.”

And there’s more turbulent weather to come if the predictions hold true with thunderstorms deemed likely later this week before temperatures plummet on New Year’s Eve to deliver a possibly frosty start and maximum temperatures of around 4 degress celsius.