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Wind warning as Storm Jake sweeps in

Strong winds are expected to hit Ireland this week as weather warnings are issued
By Catherine Wylie and Ryan Wilkinson, Press Association

STRONG winds are forecast across Ireland with Met Eireann issuing a national warning from tonight to Wednesday morning, which meets the criteria for naming a storm - so Storm Jake has been born.

The Met Office has issued yellow warnings of snow, ice and wind, with forecasters saying icy roads could lead to travel disruption during rush hour on Wednesday.

After what is expected to be the warmest winter on record, the arrival of meteorological spring is being marked by this wintry spell which is set to see as much as 10cm of snow on high ground and severe gales in some places.

In the UK, blustery weather is expected during Wednesday morning across south-west Wales and south-west England where isolated gusts of 70mph are possible around exposed coasts, with gusts of 50mph inland.

But while Storm Jake will make its way to the UK, the strongest winds will hit Ireland, and the impact on the UK will not be as great as what people have experienced with previously named storms.

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