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Irish west coast to feel worst impact of Storm Lorenzo

Forecaster Met Eireann said the storm is moving north-eastwards towards the west of Ireland.

A status yellow wind warning for the island of Ireland has ended but Storm Lorenzo is still expected to bring heavy wind and rain to the north-west overnight.

A status yellow rainfall warning remains in place for the Connacht, Leinster and Ulster areas until 6am on Friday, Met Eireann said.

The weather forecaster also issued a further wind warning for Co Leitrim and Co Sligo, with speeds of up to 65 km/h expected.

The forecaster said there will be wind and scattered outbreaks of rain throughout Thursday evening, with strong and possibly gale force south to south-westerly winds with some severe gusts in coastal areas.

The west of Ireland bore the brunt of Storm Lorenzo on Thursday.

Photos and footage posted on social media showed thick grey storm clouds moving over the Atlantic ocean off the west cost of Ireland and over Lahinch in Co Clare.

Very heavy rainfall is still expected in northern parts of Connacht and Ulster.

The National Emergency Co-ordination Centre said the impact of Storm Lorenzo will continue to be felt in coastal areas along the west and southwest coast.

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The UK’s Met Office issued a yellow weather warning on Thursday for Northern Ireland and said travel disruption and some short-term loss of power is possible. It said the worst winds of Storm Lorenzo are forecast to pass on Thursday night.

Meanwhile, a status orange gale warning remains in place for Irish coastal waters and the Irish Sea.

Strong winds and large waves will affect western and southern coasts throughout Thursday night, with the potential for coastal flooding and damage.

The Irish Coast Guard advised people to stay away from coastal areas for the duration of the storm which is expected to have calmed down by Friday morning.

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy told RTE news people in living in areas with a status orange warning should take particular care.

“A status orange is a serious condition. It may pose a threat to life and safety. Our primary concern since Tuesday, and it remains our primary concern, is the west and north-west coasts”.

The Irish Coast Guard advised people to heed the warnings and stay away from exposed beaches, cliffs and harbours.

The coast guard shared a video on Thursday of people walking through breaking waves in Howth, Co Dublin.

Irish Coast Guard appealed to the public to exercise caution during Storm Lorenzo and not attempt to take photographs near coastal areas in case they are exposed to sudden waves or high winds.

Householders, especially those in the status orange areas have been advised to ensure phones are charged in advance of the storm, torches are fitted with fresh batteries.

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