Brace yourselves for Storm Diana

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The UK is bracing itself for downpours of rain and heavy floods as Storm Diana is set to sweep the country with strong gusts of wind. This could be accompanied by winds of up to 70mph.

Further afield, Storm Diana has been named by IPMA (the official Portuguese Meteorological Authority) because of its expected impacts in the Azores on Tuesday.

A warning covering western parts of the United Kingdom, including Northern Ireland, south-west England and Wales, will come into effect at 9am on Wednesday and will remain in place until midnight.

Meanwhile, Cathal Nolan from the Midland Weather Channel expects similar conditions.

The Met Office said: "A very unsettled spell of weather is expected, with strong winds, combined with widespread and in places heavy rain".

Condor Ferries cancelled the 9am service from the city to Guernsey, the 9am sailing to Jersey, the 5.20pm sailing from Guernsey to Jersey and the 9.20pm sailing from Jersey to Portsmouth because of the windy conditions brought by Storm Diana.

The western parts of the United Kingdom will be worst affected - meaning us in Co Armagh and beyond.

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"Low pressure associated with it does move up the Irish coast and Scotland on Wednesday".

It will be wet and windy in Reading this week.

He said: "We have a yellow warning for wind in the west of the United Kingdom for today and tomorrow".

Winds of 60mph are expected across western regions, but the strongest gusts are predicted in the far north of Scotland, with Shetland bracing for winds of up to 75mph through Wednesday and into Thursday.

Injuries and danger to life could also occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties.

The worst of Storm Diana is expected to have passed through by Wednesday evening, although heavy showers and winds are likely to persist into Thursday.

Following on from very windy and wet weather on Monday night into Tuesday morning, the forecaster says warnings are likely as Strom Diana hits from the Atlantic.

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