Hurricane Helene has Britain in its sights

Hurricane Helene heading towards the UK, bringing chances of gale force winds

But the Met Office says Helene could be heading east towards the south-western corners of the United Kingdom, with the tip of Ireland among the worst affected.

The powerful Atlantic storm is resting behind Hurricane Florence which is set to smash into the USA coast.

Helene is now 2,065km south-southwest of the Azores in the Atlantic and Met Éireann said the storm would approach the south coast by Tuesday.

However, it has put out a yellow "be aware" warning which extends across much of Dumfries and Galloway.

It will be in force from 6pm on Monday to noon on Tuesday. The hurricane will weaken as it moves over cooler water, and is expected to be downgraded from hurricane to tropical storm status before making the transition to post-tropical storm on Sunday.

"Helene is weakening, however, and should continue to do so as it crosses the cooler waters of the North Atlantic before impacting Ireland through next Monday/Tuesday", Nolan added.

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Wind gusts of up to 65mph are forecast with up to 80mph possible in more exposed areas.

"Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible".

Some roads and bridges may close. Fallen trees may be an additional hazard.

There is a small chance that injuries could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts.

Power services could be impacted, with other services like mobile phone coverage also potentially affected.

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