Tuesday 17 October 2017

Fresh weather warnings as Storm Henry threatens 15 foot high coastal waves

David Kearns

Less than 48 hours after Storm Gertrude battered the country with gales upwards of 110 km/hr, a new powerful storm threatens to once again leave thousands in the dark.

The latest in a string of winter storms, Henry is due to hit the west coast of Ireland later this evening.

Already Met Éireann have issued an orange weather warning for a number of counties, and two provisional yellow alerts have gone out advising of strong winds and stormy weather from Sunday night onwards.

The warnings are due to remain in effect until almost midnight on Monday.

Donegal, Galway, Letrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick have all been warned by Met Éireann to expect winds to reach speeds upwards of 130 km/hr.

These gales are due to peak on Monday afternoon, with those towns and villages along the coast bearing the brunt of Storm Henry’s arrival.

A second yellow weather alert has been issued for those along the Atlantic coast, warning that waves could reach heights of between 12 to 15 metres.

Based on previous storms, the ESB said power outages are likely in areas suffering from such high winds.

Meanwhile, Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Roscommon, Tipperary and Waterford should also anticipate strong winds, Met Éireann said.

"Gusts of between 90 and 110 km/h are expected during Sunday night and will continue through to Monday evening, when they are expected to peak,” the forecaster said.

Frosty conditions are expected, and AA Roadwatch and Gardaí are asking motorists to take care when they set out each morning.

Aside from the high winds, the weather will remain unsettled for much of the rest of the week.

Henry will be the eighth seasonal storm to sweep across the country in the last three months.

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