Flooding and evacuations in Northern Ireland as Storm Franklin arrives

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Northern Ireland is facing heavy windstorms as Storm Franklin hit the region and the rest of the UK, resulting in floods and evacuations in various parts of the country.

Earlier, Storm Eunice created a lot of panic and destroyed many buildings, leaving many people homeless and 1.4 million people without power.

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Storm Franklin has taken a 7000+ km journey out of the USA and across the Atlantic to deliver extreme winds to Europe. Franklin is the third European wind storm the world is witnessing this week.

Winds of around 60-70mph are estimated to hit the centre of Northern Ireland in this morning, while 80mph speeds are expected to hit the coastal area.

The Met Office warned that Storm Franklin in Northern Ireland would be causing “travel delays, road and rail closures, power cuts and the potential risk to life and property” until 7 am.

Major evacuation operations are underway in Australia as Storm Franklin hit the country on Monday, 21 February. The Austrlian authorities have warned of “serious disruptions” as Storm Franklin passes through the country. Flooding was reported in many regions of Northern Ireland and people Manchester and Yorkshire were forced to leave their homes for safety purposes.

The UK’s Met office tweeted,”The strongest windstorms will be in Northern Ireland where an Amber weather warning has been issued.”

Amber warning means that the storms are very dangerous and are likely to cause plenty of destructions. The Met Office has also given a detailed list of what to expect as the powerful storm brings with it heavy rain. It is the Third Storm that will be hitting the country in just a week. Flying debris is likely and could lead to injuries, damage to buildings and trees is expected, which will lead to longer road journeys and cancellation of rail, air and ferry services.

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The Australia train service authorities have “strongly recommended” that people do not travel from the areas that are affected the most.

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