Storm Bronagh brings us our second named storm in as many days.
An area of strong winds is likely to develop across parts of Wales and southwest England during Thursday evening before spreading further eastwards across England.
The strongest winds are then expected to clear into the North Sea early on Friday.
Most likely is that we will see gusts of 45-50 mph in a few spots inland as well as more widely around exposed coasts.
However, there is a small chance that stronger winds will develop in some areas with 60-65 mph gusts possible, particularly overnight into Friday across eastern England.
The strong winds will accompanied by short-lived outbreaks of very heavy rain in places.
Highways teams in Cumbria are working flat out today to clear the remnants of Storm Ali. Carlisle and the west coast of the county have been the hardest-hit areas, with power shortages, a number of fallen trees and some building damage.
Highways staff are attending over 100 incidents across the county, including :
Allerdale • Over 20 separate locationsTwo road closures due to fallen trees
Barrow • Two road closures – one due to a tree fallen against the TA Centre on Holker Street, and the other due to danger presented by falling slates.
Carlisle • 37 separate locations being attended to.
Eden • Over 20 separate locations being attended to.
South Lakeland • Over 15 separate locations, mainly in the west of the area.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind and rain are in force Cumbria - people are being advised to avoid travelling unless absolutely essential during the current severe weather conditions.
The advise is, if you do need to travel, drive with extreme caution and factor in extra time for your journey.
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Storm Ali will continue to bring very strong winds to the region this afternoon and evening.
Some areas, perhaps most likely parts of southern Scotland and the far northeast of England as well as exposed coasts and high ground, could see gusts of 80 mph at times.
Winds will ease from the west later
Police are urging people to take care in the high winds caused by Storm Ali following a number of calls coming in across the county.
This comes after a HGV overturned on the M6 northbound between junctions 43 and 44.
The road is expected to be closed for another two hours to allow recovery of the vehicle.
Most of the problems caused by the weather appear to be in the north and west of the county, with a number of reports of falling trees blocking roads.
We are getting a high number of calls about disruption, with trees down on some roads. We would urge people to be aware of their surroundings and take care. We would ask drivers to leave themselves plenty of time for travelling and to monitor local radio and websites for any travel information. Our advice to drivers is to slow down and to drive to the conditions you face.”
One thousands homes are without power in Cumbria due to strong winds caused by Storm Ali.
Electricity North West are aware properties that with CA4, CA5, CA7, CA10, CA16 and CA17 postcodes are affected.
Engineers are on site and the next update will be announced at 1pm.
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Residents in Workington return home today after increased methane levels led to their evacuation.
The residents of Pilgrim Street, Workington, left their homes after localised levels of naturally forming methane were detected on 14th September.
Allerdale Council will continue to monitor the levels within the properties and families are advised to keep their houses ventilated. According to officers the concentration of methane has fallen to a 'negligible' level.
Due to further testing, one household on the street will not return as soon as others but they have been ensured that levels are very low.
The council have been advised by Northern Gas to monitor levels around a property in Harrington Road, Workington - a street that backs onto Pilgrim Street.
The Council has been in contact with all residents directly affected and is not advising the further evacuation of any properties on Harrington Road or the wider local area at this moment. This is because the levels of naturally occurring methane remains very localised and at low and safe level".
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