The Met Office has updated its weather warnings for parts of the North of England as Storm Debi smashes into the UK.
An amber and yellow weather warning has been issued for thunder, lightning, severe gales and torrential rain.
Storm Debi is set to bring very strong and disruptive winds to the North west of England, the Met Office confirmed.
A spokesman said: "Flying debris is likely to and could lead to injuries and danger to life. Probably some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown off roofs."
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Storm Debi has already ravaged parts of Ireland and Northern Ireland this morning.
An Irish postwoman was taken to hospital after being hit by flying debris in County Limerick during Storm Debi, according to the postal service.
In a statement, a spokeswoman for An Post said: “Thankfully she was not seriously injured.”
An Post has adjusted schedules due to the storm and deliveries in the north, midlands, south and east of the country will be delayed due to road conditions and power outages.
The Irish national director for fire and emergency management has said StormDebi is “probably the most intense storm” of the season so far.
Keith Leonard said: “It was probably the high winds of that leading edge of the storm as it came across the country that was the most hazardous piece. So probably the most intense storm we’ve had so far in the season.”
He said there is a “general trend” of coastal flooding, for example in Galway City and Oranmore.
He told RTE radio: “But, thankfully, not too much structural damage being reported at the moment.”
Speaking to GB News, meteorologist Jim Dale said a different storm is expected to hit on Thursday, though it has yet to be named and its scope is unclear.
Confirming the continuing bad weather, he said: "Yes, rain and week later in the week. It may not turn into a storm but there's another one coming Thursday time".
Ahead of Storm Debi’s arrival today, the Met Office issued yellow alerts for rain, which are predicted to affect road, rail, air and ferry services.
Matthew Lehnert, a chief Meteorologist with the Met Office, said: “Storm Debi has developed rapidly overnight and will bring impacts across parts of the UK today. Because of the particular risk of impacts to parts of County Armagh and County Down this morning and parts of northwest England through much of the day we have issued two amber wind warnings.”