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    High Risk Winds in UK Threaten More Power Outages

    By By Kristina Pydynowski, senior meteorologist
    December 28, 2013, 1:01:34 AM EST

    Widespread damaging winds will return to the United Kingdom and Ireland following Boxing Day.

    Nearly every community across the United Kingdom will be subject to wind gusts in excess of 80 kph (50 mph)through Friday as a powerful storm rolls through.

    Residents should prepare for tree damage and power outages. Falling trees could cause more damage and bodily harm depending on where they land. Such issues may become most widespread across Ireland, Northern Ireland, Wales, southwestern Scotland and the western coast of England where the strongest gusts--ranging from 95 to 130 kph (60 to 80 mph)--will howl. Dublin is included in this zone, wind winds up to 95 kph expected.


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    The winds throughout Ireland and the United Kingdom could also overturn high-profile vehicles, while possibly causing delays to flights and trains.

    Officials may even deem some bridges too unsafe for motorists to travel over due to the winds. That was the case on Tuesday on the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge, according to BBC News.

    Ireland, especially western areas, first saw increased winds Thursday afternoon. Winds strengthened over the rest of Ireland and the United Kingdom Thursday night with more wind to follow Friday.

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    The pre-dawn and morning hours of Friday were the windiest time period for London. Wind gusts reached 66 kph early in the morning.

    The damaging wind event will be more prolonged for Dublin, spanning from Thursday night through at least midday Friday. The highest reported wind gusts as of Friday morning were to 87 kph around 6:30 a.m. local time.

    Rain will also accompany the powerful storm whipping through Friday. With the impending and recent storms leaving the ground saturated, more trees could succumb to the strong wind gusts.

    Holiday travelers heading home from their Christmas and Boxing Day destinations could be impacted from the storm, the holidays themselves were relatively calm across the United Kingdom and Ireland.

    AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Courtney Spamer contributed content to this story.

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