Batten down the hatches: Met Éireann issue warning to 7 counties

It is estimated that thousands of drivers will need to be rescued on the roads

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for Perth and Kinross on Thursday as Storm Caroline hits Scotland.

Northwest winds of 55 to 65 are expected to gust 100 to 110 km/h, with the strongest winds in coastal areas and over high ground.

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High winds are expected earlier Thursday morning and throughout the day.

Weather warnings have been issued as parts of the United Kingdom are braced for winds of up to 90mph, causing potential danger to life, with the arrival of Storm Caroline.

STORM Caroline is set to smash into Britain overnight sparking fears of "flying debris" as 90mph gales and snow storms are predicted to batter the UK.

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"It is likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves".

The status yellow warning is in effect from 4pm Thursday, and remains in place until the same time on Friday.

The Met Office said "predominantly colder periods" are expected through the second half of December until after Christmas, with snow in the Midlands and North. "The showers will also turn increasingly wintry later in the afternoon and evening, with snow accumulations possible", they added.

The Met Office said: "Any snow showers will be most frequent over northern and western parts, and perhaps the east coast, but at times may become more widespread. Some injuries from slips and falls on icy and snowy surfaces".

Met Office meteorologist Marco Petagna said: "Wednesday will see the last of the mild days, with temperatures in double figures, between 10 and 12 degrees (50F-54F)".

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