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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Met Eireann issues Red weather warning for winds up to 150km/h

Shoppers battle the wind and rain in Dublin City centre. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Shoppers battle the wind and rain in Dublin City centre. Photo: Gerry Mooney

It's going to be a windy one out there today, especially for people living on the west coast of Ireland.

Met Eireann have issued a status red weather warning for Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal.

Stormy weather will develop later today, with strong south to southwest winds expected over those counties, with damaging gusts of 120 to 150 km/h this afternoon and evening. This will also lead to very high seas.

A red weather warning advises people to take action and is a "comparatively rare event".

"This could be by moving their families out of the danger zone temporarily; by staying indoors; or by other specific actions aimed at mitigating the effects of the weather conditions," Met Eireann advises.

A status orange warning was issued for Cavan and Clare, with weather there turning stormy later today, with winds of up to 120 km/h.

There is a status yellow for all remaining counties, with very windy weather all over, with gusts between 90 to 100km/h.

Storm Emily, named after Emily Bronte, is set to hit the UK today. Gales of up to 70mph a may hit Northern Ireland, with the potential to cause serious damage.

While Northern Ireland will be affected by the storm, Northern England and Scotland will get the worst weather, with gales of around 100mph expected.

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