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Brian hits the areas Ophelia struck

Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said: “Unfortunately across Ireland it’s the areas that were worst-hit by Ophelia seeing the worst effects of Brian as well.” (SWNS)

In pictures: Britain prepares to face Storm Brian's 70mph winds

Hurricane Ophelia has passed, but not without leaving us in anticipation of another bout of angry weather in the form of Storm Brian.

Ophelia caused three deaths and left thousands without power, so it’s no surprise the rest of the UK is preparing for the worst.

Storm Brian is supposed to hit areas of the UK tonight (20 October) and will pass through over the weekend.

In Ireland, Met Éireann has issued severe orange weather alerts and has warned of gusts of 80mph winds.

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Parts of the British coast have also taken early precautions in the form of sandbags and flood prevention stands.

Network Rail has recommended homeowners to tie down their garden furniture before the storm in order to minimise travel delays.

Dan Suri, chief forecaster at the Met Office, said: ‘Storm Brian is expected to bring strong winds to southern and western areas early on Saturday morning. The first and most significant land-based impacts will be in the south-west of Ireland, hence the amber warning from Met Éireann. At the moment, we don’t expect the same level of impacts for the UK.

‘Gusts exceeding 50mph are expected widely within the warning area, with gusts of around 70mph along exposed coastal areas. These are expected to coincide with high tides, leading to locally dangerous conditions in coastal parts.’