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Winds of 80mph forecast as Storm Ali heads for Scotland and Northern Ireland

Tuesday gave many a flavour of the stormy weather to come, as winds capable of putting lives at risk hit the country.

Things will continue in a similar vain thanks to Storm Ali crashing onto our shores, with parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland set to bear the brunt of the strongest winds, including gales of up to 80mph.

There is an amber weather warning in place due to heavy rainfall set to go on for a number of hours, which will be joined by consistent wind.

They said flying debris is likely and could lead to injuries or danger to life, while there will probably be some damage to buildings.

It is possible that travel will be disrupted by the weather, which is something to keep in mind. Additionally, there are fears infrastructure could be damaged by the winds.

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Ali is the first of 21 storm names for the coming season announced by the Met Office last week.

This is the fourth year the Met Office and Met Éireann, the meteorological service in the Irish Republic, have jointly run the ‘Name our Storms’ scheme.

The scheme was first introduced in 2015, as national weather providers aim to raise awareness of severe conditions before they hit the country.

The season’s names have been compiled from a list of submissions by the public, choosing some of the most popular names and also selecting those which reflect the nations, culture and diversity of the UK and Ireland.

This year the first storm gets a male name, Ali, followed by an alternating pattern of female and male names which was established by the US National Hurricane Centre in the 1970s.

The alphabetical list of names skips Q, U, X, Y and Z to comply with international storm-naming conventions.