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Now Storm Jocelyn set to batter UK and Ireland with fresh 'danger to life' warning after Storm Isha claims two lives
22 January 2024, 14:07 | Updated: 22 January 2024, 14:12
Fresh 'danger to life' warnings have been issued by the Met Office after Storm Isha battered the UK and Ireland with winds up to 99mph overnight, claiming two lives.
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The national weather service issued the amber waring as around 70,000 people remained without power and transport services remained disrupted throughout the country.
Ireland's Meteorological Service named the oncoming tempest as Storm Jocelyn, which is expected to cause strong winds from Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.
The UK Met Office issued an amber warning for wind covering western and northern Scotland from 6pm on Tuesday until 8am on Wednesday.
Less serious yellow warnings are also issued for wind across much of the UK, north of Oxford, and Peterborough, and for rain in an area of western Scotland stretching from the border with England to near Inverness.
It comes after Storm Isha battered the UK overnight, killing an 84-year-old man in Scotland and a second man in County Londonderry last night.
As the clean-up following Storm Isha is still underway, @MetEireann has named #StormJocelyn that will bring strong winds and rain to Northern Ireland and much of Britain.— Met Office (@metoffice) January 22, 2024
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The 84-year-old man was killed after the car he was a front seat passenger in crashed into a fallen tree in Grangemouth, Falkirk, Police Scotland said.
The incident happened on the A905 Beancross Road at around 11.45pm during an amber weather warning issued by the UK's Met Office which covered the whole country.
The second man died after a tree fell on his car in County Londonderry. He had been driving along Broad Road in Limavady last night.
Northern Ireland's Ambulance Service said it received an emergency callout for the incident at about 9.45pm.
Transport was also thrown into chaos as fallen trees affected railways and roads. Traffic Scotland reported stretches of the M9 and M74 among the roads closed, while the A1 southbound was blocked at Thorntonloch because of an overturned lorry.
High winds forced the closure of the Tay Road Bridge, M48 Severn Bridge and the A66 in Durham and Cumbria between the A1(M) and the M6, while the Humber Bridge, A19 Tees Flyover and A628 Woodhead Pass in Derbyshire were among stretches closed to high-sided vehicles.
Fallen trees and flooding caused ScotRail to suspend all services from 7pm on Sunday until around 11am when some lines reopened.
A Network Rail spokesman said "hundreds of engineers" were deployed with chainsaws and cherry pickers to remove debris from tracks.
"It's been a wild night, but passengers and railway staff have been kept safe and we will work tirelessly to get the railway back on its feet as quickly as we can," he said.
Most routes in England and Wales were open on Monday but with some residual delays.
Air traffic control restrictions on Sunday night led to flight cancellations and caused many planes to divert. Ryanair flights to Dublin from Manchester and Lanzarote in the Canary Islands diverted to the French cities of Paris and Bordeaux respectively.
The Met Office said the highest recorded wind speed during Storm Isha was 99mph at Brizlee Wood in Northumberland, with gusts of 90mph at Capel Curig in Snowdonia on Sunday.
A rare red warning for wind in north-east Scotland was in place until 5am on Monday, with amber warnings covering much of the UK until 6am and further yellow warnings covering the entire country until noon.
A further yellow warning for wind for Scotland, Northern Ireland, north Wales and northern England is active from 4pm on Tuesday until noon on Wednesday.
The Met Office said "everybody" was affected by the storm. Heavy downpours battered some places, with 28 flood warnings in place in England and 50 in Scotland.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland said the weather put "significant pressure" on the 999 system and urged people to report non-emergencies online or by calling 101.
Chief Superintendent Davy Beck said many roads across Northern Ireland were impassable on Monday morning.
The Met Office said Storm Isha - the ninth named storm to hit the UK since the season began in September - is moving away from the UK on Monday but conditions remained windy with a mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers.
Showers were expected to be heaviest and most frequent in the north and west.