Storm Eleanor cuts power and floods streets amid warnings of gales

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     POWERFUL Strong gusts of 70mph are forecast to batter the UK next week

As Storm Eleanor heads towards Ireland today Met Eireann have issued two weather warnings of lashing rain, high seas and winds of up to 130kmph.

Thousands of homes are without power in parts of counties Mayo and Donegal.

Video from Galway show the city's docks flooded, streets under water and even people driving along the seafront as huge waves endanger their vehicle.

Storm Eleanor, the fifth winter storm of the season, is expected to make landfall this evening.

Weather experts are warning that Storm Eleanor will bring "very strong winds" into the area and coastal communities could be affected by spray from the sea.

The warning, which covers Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead, will be in place from 6pm tonight until 6pm tomorrow (Wednesday).

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Gales, with gusts of 60mph to 70mph, are likely.

Their chief forecaster said: "Severe gales will affect western and southern coasts this evening and overnight, with a very squally feature bringing a short spell of intense rainfall and very strong gusts to some inland localities".

Warning about injuries from flying debris are possible and coastal flooding have also been issued.

"We advise the public to take extreme care on coastal paths and promenades and not to put yourself in unnecessary danger trying to take "storm selfies".

"The wind will pick up again later on Tuesday and Wednesday as developing Storm Eleanor heads towards the United Kingdom and Ireland".

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