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Watching Europe for two potent storms this week

By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
10/01/2018, 12:59:26 PM

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A pair of tricky storm systems will present problems across Europe this week.

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The first storm is already underway as a low pressure system is in the process of moving southward across Italy and the western Mediterranean.

Fresh on the heels of two Mediterranean storms that caused chaos in the past two weeks, this storm will again present dangerous weather for those in its path.

In fact, northern Africa could again be impacted as well as with heavy rainfall possible along the eastern coastline of Algeria and across northern Tunisia. Tunisia faced deadly flooding from a Mediterranean storm less than 10 days ago.

Daily showers and thunderstorms are expected across Sicily, Sardinia and the much of the remainder of Italy right into the weekend. Daily downpours can cause flash flooding and repeated downpours in the same areas will heighten the risk for mudslides.

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A second concern will be a storm that may rapidly strengthen somewhere near the British Isles and North Sea this weekend.

A lot of uncertainty with this event but the potential exists for locally damaging winds somewhere from Ireland and the United Kingdom into Netherlands, northeast France, Belgium and Germany.

Rainfall will be a lesser concern although some local flooding can be ruled out at this stage.

The combination of rain and wind could produce weekend travel delays across the region.

The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of AccuWeather, Inc. or AccuWeather.com

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