First named storm of winter, Angus, set to miss Ireland but batter UK

Storm Angus set to cause misery for the UK, but it should miss Ireland
Storm Angus set to cause misery for the UK, but it should miss Ireland

The first named storm of the season is set to batter south-east England but is forecast to miss Ireland completely.

The UK Met Office has issued an amber "be prepared" weather warning ahead of Storm Angus, from Bournemouth to Dover, for coastal winds and gusts of up to 80mph.

A yellow "be aware" warning for wind and rain associated with the storm has been issued over a larger area, including London, with gusts of up to 55mph expected elsewhere.

Met Eireann have no such warning in place, with cold but bright and largely dry weather forecast for us for the next few days.

Up to 1.6in (40mm) of rain is predicted in some areas of the UK, and Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge warned of localised flooding if drains become blocked with leaves blown off trees by the high winds.

"It is the first storm of the season, coming quite late at this time in November," said Mr Partridge.

"This will be a bit of a shock to the system for most people in terms of wind and rainfall.

"Any weak branches are likely to come down in the first storm."

Storm Angus is due to hit the South West of England at around 8pm or 9pm on Saturday night, moving north-eastwards and continuing over East Anglia on Sunday morning.

But Mr Partridge said the storm will move off quite quickly into the North Sea towards Europe around midday Sunday, with the rest of the day expected to be dry with sunny spells.