Storm Ciaran is bringing heavy rain and storms to France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Britain and Ireland as forecasters warn it is an unusually powerful storm.
The new storm is expected to bring gusty winds of more than 80mph across Britain from Thursday (2/11/2023). Experts recommend avoiding travel, while – as they note – damage to buildings is almost certain. Waves may reach 6 to 12 meters.
Southern England is expected to receive up to 60mm of rain in places, while even less rain could cause problems in other parts of northern England and Scotland, which were hit by Storm Babet, while in some areas the waters have not yet receded.
Police in Northern Ireland have warned that the level of the River Bann in Banbridge has risen “dangerously”. The warning follows severe flooding in Newry town center and the partial collapse of a bridge in north Louth.
In Newry, police advised people to avoid the city center due to “unprecedented flooding”. Large parts of the city are under water for hours.
Meteo France has warned that Storm Ciaran is set to sweep across north-west France from the evening of Wednesday November 1 until the morning of Thursday.
As “Le Figaro” reports, “the pressure in the center of the barometric low will drop very quickly, strengthening the wind gusts. This is known as a ‘weather bomb’.