Weather warning brought forward as Storm Eleanor heads for East Midlands

First week of 2018 will be total washout with 80mph winds and torrential downpours

Two boys brave the sea spray at West Bay in Dorset

The west coast is most likely to be affected, with a combination of high tides and strong winds producing large waves and spray.

A windy afternoon is forecast for Kildare as Storm Eleanor is predicted to hit the county early this evening.

However, late afternoon, weather officials issued a second amber wind warning.

At 6pm on Tuesday, Met Eireann warned of increasingly strong winds and gusts that are battering the country.

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Forecasters also say there is a "danger to life" from beach material being thrown up onto the coast.

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The firm is offering evens for the wind speed to reach as high as 100mph in mainland United Kingdom before the week is out as Storm Dylan continues to batter the country, while it is 2-1 for snow to fall in London this week.

"Local coastal flooding is also possible for parts of the north-east and north-west coast during Wednesday and Thursday. It could remain more unsettled in the south".

Police in North Yorkshire have warned drivers to be extra careful tonight and tomorrow.

Paul Gundersen, Met Office chief forecaster, said: "The unsettled theme continues throughout this week, with further spells of rain moving across the United Kingdom from the west as many return to work on Tuesday and there will again be some snow over the high ground in Scotland".

He said: "Torrential rain and gale-force winds are a recipe for driving disaster".

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