Storm Eleanor could put lives at risk as 80mph winds batter Britain

Two runners dodge the waves over the breakwater at Morecambe Bay

Forecasters said there was a "small chance" of injuries and danger to life from waves and "beach material".

The full force of Storm Eleanor is now forecast to hit the East Midlands earlier than expected.

She added: "The strong winds coincide with high tides in some western areas which could lead to large waves which could have some impact as well".

Meanwhile, Met Eireann has issued a Status Orange severe wind weather alert for Kilkenny, due to the approach of Storm Eleanor. Some western coastal areas could see gusts of 80mph.

A wind warning is in place for Dublin, Galway, Clare, Carlow, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Louth, Wicklow, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath, Limerick and Tipperary.

There ia risk of coastal flooding also with very high seas along Atlantic coasts.

The fifth named storm of the season is bringing a "very windy" spell to the United Kingdom through this evening, the night and into Wednesday morning, according to forecasters.

Carol Halt, the agency's flood duty manager, said: "We urge people to stay safe on the coast - take extreme care on coastal paths and promenades, and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger trying to take "storm selfies".

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

"Particularly strong and gusty winds could be associated with heavy, blustery showers on Wednesday".

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