The met office has warned danger to life, as they have upgraded Storm Francis to the second highest level.
An amber alert for severe wind covers much of Wales and central England from 2pm this afternoon until later tonight.
The heaviest of the rain is expected to fall across Northern Ireland and south-west Scotland with the Met Office warning of the potential for flooding.
It said up to 90 mm of rain could fall while a yellow warning for wind is in place in Wales and most of England with gusts of up to 70mph predicted.
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