Two killed as storm hits Britain and Ireland

A woman climbs a cliff on Slea Head during Storm Ali in Coumeenoole, Ireland.
A woman climbs a cliff on Slea Head during Storm Ali in Coumeenoole, Ireland.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - A Swiss woman died after being blown off a cliff and a man was killed by a falling tree on Wednesday (Sept 19) as record winds lashed Britain and Ireland.

Storm Ali brought gusts of more than 145kmh and intense rainstorms.

Officials said the Swiss woman died in her sleep when her caravan was swept off a cliff on the west of Ireland.

Footage showed smashed pieces of the vehicle being battered by the waves on the shore.

The falling tree killed a local man in Northern Ireland.

Britain's national weather service said the first named storm of the season should partially subside overnight.

"Unsettled" weather was forecast through the weekend.