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Another Storm to Batter Ireland and UK

A powerful storm system approaching Ireland and the United Kingdom on Friday will bring the threat of damaging winds and downpours.

The cold front will rush from Ireland and Northern Ireland Friday morning into Scotland, Wales and much of England by the afternoon.

Ahead of and during the frontal passage, winds over 40 mph will be possible along with a period of moderate to heavy rainfall.

Flooding will again be a concern as heavy rainfall falling on already saturated ground can quickly renew flooding problems.

The rain will reach London late in the day on Friday while also spreading across northern France.

Paris can expect a period of rain later Friday night into Saturday morning.

The front will then weaken as it continues eastward across Europe; however, the low pressure center will shift southward, just west of Scotland leading to more unsettled weather for Ireland and the United Kingdom on Saturday.

While showers will be common across Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland on Saturday, the wind will be the bigger story.

Wind gusts over 50 mph are expected from Northern Ireland through Ireland and into Wales and southwest England. Isolated gusts over 70 mph will be possible in western Ireland which could lead to widespread downed trees and power lines.

Another concern is that phenomenal waves will batter the coast of Northern Ireland, Ireland and southwest England from Friday night into Saturday.

Waves over 9 meters (30 feet) are expected, which can lead to widespread coastal flooding and closure of roadways near the coast.

A very stormy pattern is expected to continue through next week across Ireland and the United Kingdom.