Storms set to batter coastline
Published 26/01/2014 | 10:07
A severe weather warning has been put in place for counties up and down the west coast as winds of up to 130km/h are expected to push in today.
Met Eireann has said people in Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Kerry and Limerick are most at risk from the latest Atlantic storm to hit the country.
"There will be some extremely windy, blustery conditions at times during the rest of this weekend, with winds gusting between 100 and 130 km/h at times - highest in coastal areas," forecasters said.
"An additional hazard will be high seas and waves, which will be highest during Sunday afternoon and Sunday night. Occasional heavy, squally, thundery downpours of rain will occur at times too. Some flooding is possible also."
Met Eireann have set its warning level at orange for the western seaboard while a less severe yellow warning is in place for Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Roscommon, Cork, Tipperary and Waterford.
The storm, however, is not expected to bring the same damage as seen in areas of Galway and Clare at the start of the month as severe high tides are not a feature of this latest system.
The Coast Guard said it strongly advises people to stay away from exposed coasts, cliffs, piers, harbour walls, beaches, promenades or any other coastal areas during the storm.
It is feared that coastal areas weakened or damaged by previous storms over Christmas and into the New Year will be worst affected by the latest weather system.
The forecast is for strong southerly winds veering southwest to west expected during the morning and may increase to gale force later on. At the peak gusts will hit between 100-130km/h.
Temperatures are expected to drop from an initial maximum of 6-10 degrees to just 3-6 degrees.