Met Office weather warning for strong winds across Kent

Caution urged as Storm Gareth arrives in Limerick

Met Eireann has issued three separate weather warnings - a Status Orange and two Status Yellow alerts - as Storm Gareth approaches.

WednesdayA very windy and blustery start to the day on Wednesday in fresh to strong and gusty northwesterly winds with gales in coastal regions only slowly easing.

The Met Office UK outlook for Friday 15 March to Sunday 24 March said: "Unsettled conditions are set to continue on Friday with strong winds and showers across northern and central areas".

The organisation posted: "Road users are advised to use caution crossing the M90 Friarton Bridge due to high winds now affecting driving conditions".

Northern Ireland, northern England, Wales, and Scotland will be the worst affected, according to meteorologists.

Trains between Durham and Newcastle were halted until at least 9am after overhead electric wires were damaged, impacting LNER, CrossCountry, Northern and Transpennine Express services.

No Transport for Wales services will operate between Crewe and Manchester Piccadilly until 14:27 Crewe - Manchester Piccadilly (Northbound), 15:31 Manchester Piccadilly - Cardiff Central (Southbound). "Watch out for falling or fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road". The northwest winds will eventually moderate early on Wednesday night, before backing westerly and freshening again overnight.

Their boat was struck by "atrocious" 20ft waves and storm-force winds, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said.

The fishermen were airlifted from a 79ft French fishing boat off Lands End after it suffered engine failure.

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