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Storm Debi – live: Thunderstorms to hit southern England as new weather warning issued

Storm Debi – live: Thunderstorms to hit southern England as new weather warning issued

A yellow weather warning for thunderstorms has been issued as Storm Debi continues to bring heavy rain and severe gale-force winds across parts of the UK.

Thunder and lightning as well as “sudden, torrential downpours” are expected across southeast and southwest England for Tuesday, the Met Office said.

There is a chance of damage to buildings from lightning strikes or gales as longer journey times are likely due to the wet and windy weather.

It comes as multiple “danger to life” weather warnings were issued for Monday, with four four yellow weather warnings and one amber warning currently in place across large swathes of the UK.

High winds and rain from Storm Debi were causing road closures and disruption to public transport across Northern Ireland, as the Met Office warned of “danger to life” from flying debris, “fast flowing or deep floodwater”, and large waves in some areas.

Strong winds have also been recorded this morning in the region, with the highest reaching 74mph at Killowen in Co Down.

Key Points

  • Thunderstorms and lightning to hit UK as new weather warning issued

  • Mapped: When and where Storm Debi will hit as Amber warning issued

  • What weather warnings are in place today?

  • Northern Ireland hit by high winds and heavy rain as Storm Debi blows in

Debi marks earliest point letter D reached in storm season

11:30 , Tara Cobham

Storm Debi marks the earliest point in a storm season the letter D has been reached in the alphabet.

Before 2023, the earliest month in which the letter D was reached was December, which happened in 2015 (Desmond), 2017 (Dylan) and 2018 (Deirdre).

The named storms in this year’s season so far are Agnes (September), Babet (October), Ciaran (November) and Debi.

The debris left behind after Storm Debi wiped out the sea wall on the Coast Road beside Oranmore Train Station, Co Galway (PA)
The debris left behind after Storm Debi wiped out the sea wall on the Coast Road beside Oranmore Train Station, Co Galway (PA)

Storm Debi leads to flight cancellations

11:00 , Tara Cobham

The warnings come as Storm Debi caused 70mph gusts on Monday, leading to flight cancellations.

British Airways said that, like other airlines, it had to “make a small number of cancellations” due to the bad weather which has reduced the number of flights air traffic controllers will allow to land per hour.

A spokesperson said: “We’ve apologised to our customers for the disruption to their travel plans and our teams are working hard to get them on their way as quickly as possible.”

‘Very active’ jet stream is major cause of wet weather, says Met Office

10:30 , Tara Cobham

A “very active” jet stream has been the cause of much of the wet weather, a Met Office meteorologist has said, as he warned it shows “no sign” of stopping in the next week.

Marco Petagna said: “The active jet stream is helping to move a deep area of low pressure. It is quite a long way south and much of the UK is in the firing line.

“The next week or so will still be pretty unsettled, with some brighter spells but not for long.”

Despite the wet weather, fairly normal temperatures for this time of year of 9-12C are expected.

Waves crash over the promenade in Folkestone, Kent as Storm Debi hits the UK (Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)
Waves crash over the promenade in Folkestone, Kent as Storm Debi hits the UK (Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)

Watch: Andy Burnham on Manchester trains being cancelled

10:00 , Tara Cobham

Environment Agency issue 11 flood warnings

09:14 , Holly Evans

On Tuesday morning, the Environment Agency had 11 flood warnings in place, meaning flooding is expected, with 120 lesser flood alerts also active. Areas of concern include the River Severn in Gloucester and the River Eden in Cumbria.

Met Office meteorologist Marco Petagna said Storm Debi is expected to clear away from the UK to the east in the early hours of Tuesday, but “wet and windy weather” should linger.

He said on Monday: “Tomorrow morning you will see heavy and potentially thundery showers moving eastwards across the south of England.

“We could see 15-20mm, almost an inch, of rain across some southern counties of England combined with fairly gusty winds as well.

“A week’s worth of rain could fall in an hour or two in that warning area and you could see wind speeds of 40-50mph. If you are in that warning area, it is going to be quite tricky (to travel).

Latest pictures from Storm Debi

08:55 , Holly Evans

Cars struggled through flood water on roads surrounding Cookstown in Co Tyrone (Claudia Savage/PA) (PA Wire)
Cars struggled through flood water on roads surrounding Cookstown in Co Tyrone (Claudia Savage/PA) (PA Wire)
A flooded road in Coalisland Co Tyrone as Storm Debi swept across Ireland. (SDLP councillor Malachy Quinn/PA Wire)
A flooded road in Coalisland Co Tyrone as Storm Debi swept across Ireland. (SDLP councillor Malachy Quinn/PA Wire)
The canal in Newry showing persistently high water levels as Storm Debi hits Northern Ireland (Claudia Savage/PA Wire)
The canal in Newry showing persistently high water levels as Storm Debi hits Northern Ireland (Claudia Savage/PA Wire)

Passengers in Scotland face delays while overnight works add to travel chaos

08:14 , Holly Evans

Passengers in Scotland are experiencing delays during the morning rush hour. ScotRail posted on X: “Due to adverse weather yesterday and today, Tuesday 14 November, blanket speed restrictions will be imposed on numerous sections on the ScotRail network up until 8.30am today.

“Please check your entire journey before travelling today.”

Overnight engineering works are overrunning in several locations, including the crucial link between Surbiton and Wimbledon on South Western Railway, serving the UK’s busiest rail station, London Waterloo.

The same problem is affected passengers between Bracknell and Wokingham in Berkshire, and between Barrow and Workington in Cumbria.

Signal failure between Ashford International and Maidstone are delaying some trains in Kent. A broken-down freight train between Ashford and Folkestone is adding to the problems.

Rail chaos continues across Britain

07:52 , Simon Calder

Tens of thousands of rail passengers face cancellations and disruption as bad weather continues to batter the UK.

A landslip between Darlington and Newcastle has been delaying operations on the East Coast main line for several days. One of the two tracks is currently closed, with long delays expected as northbound and southbound trains share the same line.

National Rail reports: “Disruption is expected for the rest of the day.”

In West Yorkshire, the main line between Leeds and Wakefield Westgate remains disrupted after high winds on Monday brought down overhead wires. Delays and cancellations are expected on LNER, CrossCountry and Northern.

Debi ‘probably the most intense storm’ this season

06:50 , Stuti Mishra

Storm Debi, the fourth storm to affect Ireland since September, left many roads flooded in Ireland with thousands without power after it hit the island with heavy gusts and rain on Monday.

The storm came just a few days after flooding from Storms Babet and Ciaran left shops and homes in Midleton, Carlingford and Newry as well as elsewhere flooded after intense rainfall.

The Irish national director for fire and emergency management said Storm Debi is “probably the most intense storm” of the season so far.

Keith Leonard said: “It was probably the high winds of that leading edge of the storm as it came across the country that was the most hazardous piece.

“So probably the most intense storm we’ve had so far in the season.”

The debris left behind after Storm Debi wiped out the sea wall on the Coast Road beside Oranmore Train Station, Co Galway (PA)
The debris left behind after Storm Debi wiped out the sea wall on the Coast Road beside Oranmore Train Station, Co Galway (PA)

Yellow warning in place till noon

06:11 , Stuti Mishra

A band of squally, thundery rain is likely to push quickly across the southern parts of the UK on Tuesday morning.

A yellow warning is in place for Tuesday morning covering Plymouth to London, until noon.

The forecaster warns that there is a chance of some damage to a few buildings and structures from lightning strikes or strong and gusty winds.

Storm Debi led to flight cancellations

05:13 , Stuti Mishra

Storm Debi caused 70mph gusts on Monday, leading to flight cancellations.

British Airways said that, like other airlines, it had to “make a small number of cancellations” due to the bad weather which has reduced the number of flights air traffic controllers will allow to land per hour.

A spokesperson said: “We’ve apologised to our customers for the disruption to their travel plans and our teams are working hard to get them on their way as quickly as possible.”

Storm Debi marks the earliest point in a storm season the letter D has been reached in the alphabet.

Tuesday weather forecast

04:38 , Stuti Mishra

Blustery thundery showers will move eastwards across southern counties of England this morning, the Met Office says.

Central, southern and western parts of Scotland, along with northern England will have a cloudy day with showery rain. Otherwise, there will be sunshine and scattered showers, the Met Office says.

Met Office meteorologist Marco Petagna said Storm Debi is expected to clear away from the UK to the east in the early hours of Tuesday, but “wet and windy weather” should linger.

He added: “Tomorrow morning you will see heavy and potentially thundery showers moving eastwards across the south of England.

“We could see 15-20mm, almost an inch, of rain across some southern counties of England combined with fairly gusty winds as well.

“A week’s worth of rain could fall in an hour or two in that warning area and you could see wind speeds of 40-50mph.

“If you are in that warning area, it is going to be quite tricky (to travel).

“Allow extra time to travel and keep tuned to the forecast overnight.

“If you are out and about, take extra care and be prepared to see thundery showers.”

A “very active” jet stream has been the cause of much of the wet weather, Mr Petagna said, as he warned it shows “no sign” of stopping in the next week.

He said: “The active jet stream is helping to move a deep area of low pressure. It is quite a long way south and much of the UK is in the firing line.

“The next week or so will still be pretty unsettled, with some brighter spells but not for long.”

Storm Debi 'earliest named storm with the letter D'

04:00 , Stuti Mishra

Storm Debi is the earliest storm in the UK to start with the letter D, a climate expert has noted – in other words, the country has reached its fourth named storm this year faster than ever before.

The Met Office maintains an alphabetic list of names for storms. Before Storm Debi, Storm Ciaran and Storm Babet have lashed the country in recent weeks while Storm Agnes hit in September.

"Another storm leaves yet more devastation, marking #StormDebi as the earliest named storm with the letter D for this stage in a season," Peter Dynes, chief strategic officer at non profit MEER wrote.

"Those who deny the worsening state of the climate system are deluding themselves."

A week's worth of rain to fall on UK

03:34 , Stuti Mishra

A week's worth of rain could fall in just a few hours across parts of the UK today as wet weather continues to batter the country.

The Met Office said 15-20mm of rain could hit parts of southern England and has issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms in that region.

The warning runs from 5am until midday on Tuesday and covers London, the south east and the south west of England.

"A week's worth of rain could fall in an hour or two in that warning area and you could see wind speeds of 40-50mph," Met Office meteorologist Marco Petagna said.

Some buildings could be damaged by lightning strikes or strong, gusty winds - while short power cuts are also considered "likely".

Drivers and those thinking of taking a bus should expect their journeys to be longer due to spray, standing water and hail.

Trains and planes may also be delayed due to adverse weather conditions.

That’s it for now

00:01 , Alex Ross

We’ll start up again in the morning to bring coverage of the expected storms across southern England

‘Probably some damage to a few buildings'

Monday 13 November 2023 23:45 , Alex Ross

The yellow weather warning from the Met Office for thunderstorms tomorrow morning warns of “some damage to a few buildings and structures from lightning strikes or strong and gusty winds”.

There will also be possible delays to train services, and short term loss of power, as a band of squally, thundery rain pushes across the region.

Tuesday morning

Monday 13 November 2023 23:00 , Alex Ross

It will be a blustery start to the day for southern England on Tuesday with a band of squally, thundery rain is likely to push quickly east through the morning

Shopworker trapped in floods as south Galway businesses devastated

Monday 13 November 2023 22:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

A shopworker had to be rescued by the emergency services as flooding devastated a row of businesses in south Galway,

Storm Debi caused chaos in the county early on Monday, particularly in Oranmore, where boats were washed off their moorings and shops flooded by sea water.

Ronan Hennigan, who owns the Londis supermarket in nearby Clarinbridge, said one of his workers called him at 4.35am to tell him water was getting into the shop.

Shopworker trapped in floods as south Galway businesses devastated

Debi ‘probably the most intense storm’ this season as Ireland left reeling

Monday 13 November 2023 21:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Storm Debi is the fourth storm to affect Ireland since September, after Storms Babet and Ciaran left shops and homes in Midleton, Carlingford and Newry as well as elsewhere flooded after intense rainfall.

The Irish national director for fire and emergency management said Storm Debi is “probably the most intense storm” of the season so far.

Keith Leonard said: “It was probably the high winds of that leading edge of the storm as it came across the country that was the most hazardous piece.

“So probably the most intense storm we’ve had so far in the season.”

Yellow wind and rain warnings were in place in Northern Ireland on Monday, with amber warnings issued for counties Down and Armagh.

Some roads flooded and public transport services were disrupted, with around 2,000 customers left without power, mainly around Craigavon, Newry and Downpatrick.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar sorry about impact of severe weather in Ireland

Monday 13 November 2023 20:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he is sorry to hear about the impact of Storm Debi on parts of Ireland, adding it is the Government’s intention to expand a support scheme for businesses affected by the severe weather on Monday.

Mr Varadkar said: “I’m really sorry to hear about the impact of the severe weather around the country. I know it’s been particularly hard in Galway - both in the city and the county area.”

He said the enterprise support scheme, which was introduced following flooding in Midleton last month, has to go through a formal Government decision to be expanded to Galway, but added this is “really just a formality”.

“We really want to help businesses get back on their feet, particularly so close to Christmas, which is such an important time for retail sector and the hospitality sector in particular.”

 (PA)
(PA)

Monday 13 November 2023 19:30 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Storm Debi: Streets turn to rivers and dangerous winds batter UK

Storm Debi causes travel chaos, with 50 British Airways flights cancelled and trains and ferries affected

Monday 13 November 2023 19:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Storm Debi brought wind gusts of more than 70mph to parts of Britain and Ireland on Monday, disrupting travel and leaving more than 100,000 without power.

British Airways cancelled 50 flights to and from London Heathrow, while ferries and trains were also disrupted.

Gusts of 77mph were recorded in Gwynedd, 74mph at Killowen in Northern Ireland and 68mph on the Isle of Man as the low pressure system moved across the Irish Sea.

Storm Debi causes travel chaos with flights, trains and ferries cancelled

Gusts over 70mph recorded as Storm Debi blows in

Monday 13 November 2023 18:30 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Gusts of over 70mph were recorded across the UK as Storm Debi blew in.

An amber weather warning for wind – meaning buildings could be damaged and travel disruption was likely – remained in place on Monday afternoon for North West England.

Severe gales caused power cuts across the island of Ireland, with around 100,000 homes and businesses left without electricity.

Gusts over 70mph recorded as Storm Debi blows in

Storm knocks over sea wall and boat washes off moorings in Ireland

Monday 13 November 2023 18:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Storm surge knocked over a sea wall and a boat was washed off moorings in Oranmore, while a gust of 115kph was recorded on Monday morning at a Met Eireann weather station in Athenry, Co Galway.

Downed trees and flooding were reported in Co Cavan while Louth County Council also recorded fallen power lines.

Fire crews in Meath responded to a number of incidents involving vehicles and fallen trees but reported no injuries.

The ESB (Electricity Supply Board) said it would have to work late through the night to return power to some areas, after more than 100,000 homes and businesses were without electricity at the peak of outages on Monday morning.

By Monday afternoon, around 70,000 customers remained without power.

ESB spokesman Brian Tapley had said earlier that the worst affected areas were Tuam, Longford, Ashbourne, Navan and the Midlands.

 (Ed Carty/PA Wire)
(Ed Carty/PA Wire)
 (REUTERS)
(REUTERS)

Recovery operations underway across Ireland

Monday 13 November 2023 17:30 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Recovery operations are under way after Storm Debi swept across Ireland, forcing some schools to close and disrupting public transport services.

A woman was taken to hospital after being hit by flying debris in Limerick, as the storm also brought coastal flooding and widespread power outages across Ireland.

The majority of the country was placed under red and orange wind warnings on Monday as Irish forecaster Met Eireann warned of “severe and damaging gusts”, with the last of the warnings lifting by 3pm.

With all weather warnings now expired, the focus turned to clearing roads of debris, reconnecting the 70,000 homes and businesses left without power and helping those hit by flooding.

An Irish Government scheme to support people living in homes affected by severe weather has been extended following flooding in Galway city and nearby Oranmore.

One Galway businessman told the PA news agency that “unthinkable” flooding damage done to his business could cost between 500,000 and 700,000 euro to fix.

“The people are devastated. There is no flood defence, this could happen in two weeks’ time if we get another bad storm, until something is done about it,” he said.

Storm Ciaran battered the UK last month with Debi threatening more destruction (PA)
Storm Ciaran battered the UK last month with Debi threatening more destruction (PA)

Strong gales begin to ease in the north

Monday 13 November 2023 16:51 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Blustering winds will begin to ease this evening across northern England, the Met Office has said.

In a post on X, the weather service wrote: “The very strong winds across northern England will start to abate this evening as #StormDebi pulls away into the North Sea.

“Staying windy in many areas though with showers or longer spells of rain, albeit with some clear periods, especially in the south”

How are storms named?

Monday 13 November 2023 16:15 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

For the 2023/24 season, the way the Met Office and Irish service Met Éireann names storms has changed.

Previously, names were drawn from a shortlist of favourites chosen by the public.

But now, the storms will be named after those working to protect people from severe weather around the UK.

Storm Debi is named after Debi Garft, a recently retired policy officer in the Scottish Government Flooding Team.

In the UK a storm is named if it has the potential to cause disruption or damage which could result in an amber or red warning.

Boat washes off morrings in Ireland

Monday 13 November 2023 15:45 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

A boat washed off moorings at Galway Bay Sailing Club near Oranmore, Co Galway after Storm Debi swept across Ireland.

 (Ed Carty/PA Wire)
(Ed Carty/PA Wire)
 (Ed Carty/PA Wire)
(Ed Carty/PA Wire)

Thunderstorms and lightning to hit UK as new weather warning issued

Monday 13 November 2023 15:14 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

A yellow weather warning for a thunderstorm has been issued across southeast and southwest England for Tuesday.

Thunder and lightning as well as “sudden, torrential downpours” are expected as well as strong winds and hail, the Met Office said.

There is a chance of damage to buildings from lightning strikes or gales as longer journey times are likely due to the wet and windy weather.

The Met Office said: “A band of very squally showers is expected to push quickly east across the warning area, reaching the Isles of Scilly and Cornwall by 0500, then continuing quickly east through Tuesday morning.”

The warning is in place from 5am until midday on Tuesday.

 (Met Office)
(Met Office)

Storm Debi causes rail havoc

Monday 13 November 2023 15:05 , Simon Calder

Storm Debi has brought down trees at several key locations on the rail network, Simon Calder writes.

The Stansted Express service between the airport and London was cancelled for several hours because a fallen tree damaged the overhead wires at Bishop’s Stortford in Hertfordshire.

Damage to overhead wires has also halted trains between Leeds and Wakefield Westgate. Passengers between Leeds and London are advised to travel via York. Rail replacement buses are running between Leeds and Doncaster, but journeys are likely to be extended by an hour.

The main rail line between Birmingham and Coventry has reopened after overhead wire problems, which halted all trains for a time.

Fallen trees are also causing disruption in at least three other locations: Bournemouth, Oxted in Surrey and Westerfield in Suffolk.

Rail passengers in Scotland are facing a wide range of issues, largely due to flooding.

The West Highland line from Glasgow to Oban and Mallaig via Fort William has flooded near Ardlui. Trains from Glasgow to Carlisle via Dumfries are also being delayed by flooding.

Network Rail Scotland posted on X: “The rainfall has reduced and residual water is flowing from the hillside onto the track.

“Staff are working to mitigate waterflow by digging a drainage channel. The good news is that the ballast has not been dislodged and track is stable.”

The line between Cupar and Leuchars has reopened, though trains still face delays of 30 minutes.

Severe flight disruption caused by Storm Debi

Monday 13 November 2023 14:51 , Simon Calder

British Airways has cancelled 50 flights at London Heathrow, our travel correspondent Simon Calder writes.

Domestic departures to Aberdeen, Belfast City, Manchester and Newcastle were grounded, along with two flights each to Edinburgh and Glasgow. The return legs were also cancelled.

Many European services have also been axed: to Amsterdam, Billund, Brussels, Dublin, Luxembourg, Lyon, Milan, Marseille (2), Nice, Oslo, Prague, Rome, Stuttgart, Toulouse, Warsaw and Zurich.

At Dublin airport, morning arrivals from New York on Aer Lingus and from Helsinki on Finnair were diverted to Shannon in the west of Ireland. British Airways cancelled two round trips from London City to the Irish capital, as did KLM from Amsterdam to Dublin.

The Isle of Man’s airport has seen many cancellations, including Loganair to and from Birmingham, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London City, London Heathrow and Manchester.

An easyJet flight from Manchester to the island in the Irish Sea turned back after it made an unsuccessful attempt to land.

Storm Debi’s ‘strongest winds’ across Northern Ireland and Wales today

Monday 13 November 2023 14:37 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The Met Office said the “strongest winds” from Storm Debi were across Northern Ireland and northwest Wales earlier today, with the peak wind gusts more recently on Irish Sea coasts in northern England.

What weather warnings are in place today?

Monday 13 November 2023 14:05 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

There are currently four yellow and one amber weather warning in place across the UK for Monday.

Amber - Wind: North West England, Yorkshire & Humber. In place until 4pm.

Yellow - Wind: East Midlands, North East England, North West England, Wales, West Midlands, Yorkshire & Humber. In place until 6pm.

Yellow - Rain: North East England, North West England, Yorkshire & Humber. In place until 6pm.

Yellow - Rain: Central, Tayside & Fife, Grampian. In place until 9pm.

 (Met Office)
(Met Office)

Northern Ireland hit by high winds and heavy rain as Storm Debi blows in

Monday 13 November 2023 13:58 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

High winds and rain from Storm Debi were causing road closures and disruption to public transport across Northern Ireland.

Police have urged people to stay at home, with a yellow weather warning in place until 2pm.

The Met Office said Storm Debi would track across the region, with gusts of around 65mph expected through Co Antrim and Co Down.

One of the highest gusts recorded on Monday morning was a wind speed of 74mph at Killowen in Co Down.

Northern Ireland hit by high winds and heavy rain as Storm Debi blows in

Storm Debi causes disruption on Scotland's railways

Monday 13 November 2023 13:19 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Rail passengers are facing disruption as Storm Debi sweeps in, with speed restrictions being put in place and some services halted due to flooding.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of heavy rain for Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen, Angus and Moray which is in place from 10am until 9pm on Monday.

Network Rail Scotland said speed limits will have to be put in place as a result of the weather.

Trains are unable to run on the line between Dumfries and Sanquhar as a result of heavy flooding.

A restriction is already in place as a result of the weather on the West Highland line between Garelochhead and Crianlarich.

Parts of north-east Scotland likely to see heavy rain were also battered by Storm Babet last month, including Brechin in Angus, where hundreds of homes had to be evacuated after the river South Esk breached its banks.

In a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, Network Rail said: “Storm Debi isn’t expected to impact our network as much as recent storms but the high winds & heavy rain do mean that we need to limit train speeds on a few sections of track from 17:00 today until 08:00 tomorrow on several sections of track between Montrose & Portlethen and also between Huntly and Insch.

“Additionally, a speed restriction is already in place on the West Highland Line until 08:30 tomorrow between Garelochhead and Crianlarich.”

Ireland suffers more damage from latest storm

Monday 13 November 2023 12:51 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Devastating winds and flooding unleashed on the Republic of Ireland on Monday in the latest storm to hit the island.

In pictures: Waves crash over Kent as Storm Debi hits UK

Monday 13 November 2023 12:35 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

 (Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)
(Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)
 (Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)
(Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)
 (Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)
(Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)

Scheme to help people affected by flooded homes extended in Ireland

Monday 13 November 2023 11:51 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

An Irish Government scheme to support people living in homes affected by flooding has been extended to Co Galway following Storm Debi.

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys said the humanitarian assistance scheme will also be extended to other affected areas as required.

Ms Humphreys said: “I’m very conscious of the serious disruption that severe weather and flooding is causing for individuals and families in County Galway, especially in Oranmore and parts of Galway City.”

Levels of payment under the scheme depend on the relative severity of damage experienced and household income.

The scheme does not cover risks that are already covered by insurance policies or cover business or commercial losses.

 (Claudia Savage/PA Wire)
(Claudia Savage/PA Wire)

Watch: Storm Debi likely to bring dangerous winds as amber warning issued

Monday 13 November 2023 11:27 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Storm Debi leaves trail of flooding and road debris across Ireland

Monday 13 November 2023 11:15 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Storm Debi’s trail of destruction has brought coastal flooding and left around 100,000 homes and businesses without power across the island of Ireland.

Heavy winds and fallen trees have been reported across Ireland as local authorities moved to respond to the damage following the lifting of red and orange weather alerts.

There has been coastal flooding in Galway City and nearby Oranmore.

Downed trees and flooding were reported in Co Cavan while Louth County Council also recorded fallen power lines.

Fire crews in Meath responded to a number of incidents involving vehicles and fallen trees but reported no injuries.

The ESB said it would have to work late through the night to return power to customers.

 (Liam McBurney/PA Wire)
(Liam McBurney/PA Wire)
 (Liam McBurney/PA Wire)
(Liam McBurney/PA Wire)
 (Liam McBurney/PA Wire)
(Liam McBurney/PA Wire)

New yellow weather warning issued

Monday 13 November 2023 10:54 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

A new yellow weather warning for rain has been issued across parts of northern England as heavy showers pour down.

The warning covers Durham, Northumberland, Blackpool, Cumbria, Lancashire, North Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.

It is in place from 11am until 6pm on Monday.

Storm Debi brings gusts upto 77mph as it crosses Irish Sea

Monday 13 November 2023 10:34 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Storm Debi has been whipping up winds upto 77mph as it crosses the Irish Sea this morning, the Met Office said.

It posted on X: “Recent gusts include 74 mph at Killowen in County Down, Northern Ireland and 77 mph at Aberdaron, Gwynedd, Wales.”

Mapped: When and where Storm Debi will hit as Amber warning issued

Monday 13 November 2023 10:15 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

An amber weather warning has been issued for parts of north-west England as Storm Debi hits the UK, bringing heavy rain and severe gale-force winds.

The alert is active from 10am until 4pm on Monday and covers coastal areas north of Liverpool up to Whitehaven.

The Met Office has warned Brits living in those areas should be wary of solid and disruptive winds with the possibility of flying debris.

Mapped: When and where Storm Debi will hit as Amber warning issued

Huge swathes of Galway left underwater as Storm Debi strikes last night

Monday 13 November 2023 09:01 , Barney Davis

At least six people were rescued in Galway as Storm Debi made landfall causing significant damage to Ireland.

Galway is currently under a Status Orange wind warning until 10am this morning.

Speaking to RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Galway County Council chief fire officer Gerry O’Malley said there is “considerable damage” around the city and county.

Storm Debi knocks out power for 100,000 people

Monday 13 November 2023 08:49 , Barney Davis

100,000 people were left without power supply on Monday morning as Storm Debi batters Ireland.

Brian Tapley, of ESB Networks, said crews expect to be working “late into the night” to restore power.

He said the worst affected areas are Tuam, Longford, the Midlands, Ashbourne and Navan.

 (ESB)
(ESB)

He told RTE radio: “As soon as it is safe to do so, we will be deploying our crews.

“Obviously, the storm is still impacting different parts of the country so we’ll be slow to send out crews until it is safe to do so, but any emergency calls are being attended to.

A gust of 115kph was recorded at a Met Eireann weather station in Athenry, Co Galway, on Monday morning.

Storm Debi branded ‘Most intense storm so far’ - Irish official

Monday 13 November 2023 08:37 , Barney Davis

The Irish national director for fire and emergency management has said Storm Debi is “probably the most intense storm” of the season so far.

Keith Leonard said: “It was probably the high winds of that leading edge of the storm as it came across the country that was the most hazardous piece. So probably the most intense storm we’ve had so far in the season.”

He said there is a “general trend” of coastal flooding, for example in Galway City and Oranmore.

He told RTE radio: “But, thankfully, not too much structural damage being reported at the moment.”

In pictures: Storm Babet wreaked havoc across country last month

Monday 13 November 2023 08:30 , Tara Cobham

A resident looks at a local authority worker collecting damaged furniture from outside a property on Sherwood Street in Chesterfield, as the clean up began in the aftermath of Storm Babet (PA Wire)
A resident looks at a local authority worker collecting damaged furniture from outside a property on Sherwood Street in Chesterfield, as the clean up began in the aftermath of Storm Babet (PA Wire)
Retford in Nottinghamshire was flooded after Storm Babet battered the UK (PA Wire)
Retford in Nottinghamshire was flooded after Storm Babet battered the UK (PA Wire)
Wendy Taylor, 57, who died after being swept into the Water of Lee, Glen Esk, was among those who last their lives in Storm Babet (Police Scotland/PA Wire)
Wendy Taylor, 57, who died after being swept into the Water of Lee, Glen Esk, was among those who last their lives in Storm Babet (Police Scotland/PA Wire)

Scale of the damage will be clearer in daylight, says minister

Monday 13 November 2023 08:22 , Holly Evans

Junior minister Patrick O’Donovan has said the scale of the damage in Ireland caused by Storm Debi will be clearer when it is brighter.

Mr O’Donovan, who has responsibility for the Office of Public Works, said the advice is to drive with extreme caution in areas where a weather warning was or is in place.

He told RTE Radio: “The local authority crews will (have only started) going out in the last while when the red warning was lifted in some counties. Once first light is achieved, they’ll be able to see the scale of the damage.

“We won’t be able to ascertain the full damage until later on in the morning.”

He said the national emergency co-ordination group was due to meet at 11am.

Tens of thousands of homes without electricity

Monday 13 November 2023 08:13 , Holly Evans

Power outages have been reported across Ireland as tens of thousands of homes are without electricity after Storm Debi battered the island overnight.

Spot flooding has been reported in areas of the west coast, including Salthill in Galway.

Trees are down in multiple locations, with drivers facing difficult conditions.

In pictures: Storm Ciaran battered UK earlier this month

Monday 13 November 2023 08:00 , Tara Cobham

Local residents collect bottles of water in Godalming, Surrey, as almost 12,000 people were without running water in after Storm Ciaran (PA)
Local residents collect bottles of water in Godalming, Surrey, as almost 12,000 people were without running water in after Storm Ciaran (PA)
The devastating aftermath of Storm Ciaran in Jersey captured by drone (AP)
The devastating aftermath of Storm Ciaran in Jersey captured by drone (AP)
Storm Ciaran brought high winds and heavy rain along the south coast of England (PA Wire)
Storm Ciaran brought high winds and heavy rain along the south coast of England (PA Wire)

Storm Debi 'developed rapidly overnight,' says Met Office

Monday 13 November 2023 07:30 , Stuti Mishra

The Met Office says Storm Debi, the fourth named storm of the season, "developed rapidly overnight" and is now set to unleash heavy winds on the UK.

The storm has developed, in part, because of a very strong jet stream crossing the Atlantic, the forecaster says.

The core of the jet stream is currently located to the south of the UK.

This strong jet stream is responsible for the very unsettled period of weather we are currently experiencing. Further areas of low pressure are forecast to develop and affect the UK during the coming week.

“Storm Debi has developed rapidly overnight and will bring impacts across parts of the UK today," Matthew Lehnert, a Chief Meteorologist with the Met Office, says.

"Because of the particular risk of impacts to parts of County Armagh and County Down this morning and parts of northwest England through much of the day we have issued two amber wind warnings.”

Within the warning areas the strongest winds are expected to reach 75mph, or even 80mph, in exposed coastal locations today, while inland areas are expected to see gusts of 60-65mph.

Two amber wind warnings for southeast Northern Ireland and northwest England are embedded within broader yellow warnings already in force across the whole of Northern Ireland, northern England and parts of Wales.

Storm Debi causes power outages around Galway

Monday 13 November 2023 07:00 , Stuti Mishra

Videos show heavy rain and flooding in Ireland

Monday 13 November 2023 06:30 , Stuti Mishra

Heavy rain and winds brought by Storm Debi have hit Ireland this morning. Residents have posted videos showing roads blustery showers leaving roads water logged.