Storm Helene: Met Office issues weather warning for Norfolk | Weather

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A storm is set to hit Wales slightly earlier than first forecast but the strongest gusts are expected to be weaker, the Met Office has said.

Forecasters also say trees could be damaged, while there may be some short term loss of power and mobile phone services.

But the Met Office says Helene could be heading east towards the south-western corners of the United Kingdom, with the tip of Ireland among the worst affected.

Experts expected the former hurricane to calm somewhat as it approached the United Kingdom but the Met Office has now sent out a "danger to life" warning as winds are set to hit speeds of up to 80mph.

Emma Smith of the Met Office added: "Helene is moving up from the Atlantic towards us". A spell of strong winds is expected, initially mainly in the far southwest of England and across west and south Wales.

The firm is also offering evens for the wind speed to reach a whopping high of 100 miles per hour in the mainland before the month is out.

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Storm Helene formed in the Azores last week.

"The strongest of the winds will arrive on Monday afternoon and evening, with the peak intensity likely to occur around 20:00 along the south coast, before transferring to remaining locations between 21:00 and 02:00 on Tuesday morning". Meanwhile, in some Irish Sea coastal areas, most likely in Wales and North West England, gusts to 55 to 65mph are likely with possible isolated gusts in excess of 70mph in the most exposed places.

Gusts of 40-60mph are expected, particularly over high ground in the early hours of Tuesday.

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The rain will be heavy too with strengthening southerly winds.

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