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Storm Ali expected to cause travel disruptions in UK

Storm Ali is sweeping in from the Atlantic with weather warnings now in place throughout the day.

FILE: This NOAA/RAMMB satellite image taken at 13:30 UTC on 9 September 2018, shows (L-R) Tropical Storm Florence, Tropical Storm Isaac and Tropical Storm Helene in the Atlantic Ocean. Picture: AFP.

LONDON - Winds of up to 130 kmph are forecast across the UK on Wednesday with a warning of travel disruption and risk to life from flying debris.

Storm Ali is sweeping in from the Atlantic with weather warnings now in place throughout the day.

Storm Ali is Britain’s first named storm of the season, though storm Helene struck Wales on Tuesday having taken its name from a US hurricane.

Strong wind gusts and very heavy rain are forecast across Northern Ireland and south-west Scotland with potentially dangerous spells during the day.

Belfast City Council has closed all parks, playgrounds and playing fields and Irish airline Aer Lingus is warning customers of potential disruption and to check before travelling.

Although wind speeds will die down by evening, the weather through to the weekend is likely to be very unsettled.

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)

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