Weather warning brought forward as Storm Eleanor heads for East Midlands

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This indicates that flooding is expected, and that "immediate action" is required.

The rest of the country is subject to a status yellow warning.

In the capital, winds are likely to rise as high as 45mph, bringing torrential rain overnight.

"The peak tide will be at midnight tonight, and we have had our teams out clear grids and gullies in preparation for the rain".

Exposed areas are set to suffer the worst conditions as Eleanor hits Northern Ireland before crossing to the western coast of northern England and Scotland.

Carol Holt, the Environment 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".

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It will remain in place until 2pm on Wednesday January 3.

"Land, roads and some properties could flood and there could be travel disruption".

"The wind will pick up again later on Tuesday and Wednesday as developing Storm Eleanor heads towards the United Kingdom and Ireland".

Meanwhile, Met Eireann has issued a Status Orange severe wind weather alert for Kilkenny, due to the approach of Storm Eleanor. This is in effect from 7.30pm until 4am tomorrow.

Gusts of up to 53mph are expected to batter Blackpool when Storm Eleanor arrives, and forecasters from the Met Office said there is a 'small chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown on to sea fronts, roads, and coast properties, along western and southern coasts'.

"The wind will pick up again later on Tuesday and Wednesday as developing Storm Eleanor heads towards the United Kingdom and Ireland".

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