Wednesday 21 August 2019

High winds expected and heavy rain expected as Storm Abigail set to land

A wave pounds Lahinch in Co Clare during the 2014 storms. Photo: PA
A wave pounds Lahinch in Co Clare during the 2014 storms. Photo: PA
File photo: This image obtained from NASA shows Tropical Storm Olaf (C) in the eastern Pacific far from land and could become a hurricane on October 18, 2015. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

High winds and heavy rain are expected as Storm Abigail lands tomorrow and continues into Friday.

The first storm to be named by the public in a voting process is expected to land by tomorrow and will bring wind, rain and travel delays to parts of the country.

The West of Ireland will be hit with rain and howling winds from tomorrow morning to late afternoon, according to AccuWeather.

Gusty showers and high winds are expected as Met Eireann has issued a Status Yellow weather alert  for small craft today. However, further weather updates are expected to be issued later on today in relation to the storm.

Even with showers in the forecast, abnormal warmth will continue across Ireland with high temperatures ranging from 12-16 C.

Today will be a very cloudy day with outbreaks of heavy rain, becoming clearer with just scattered showers later.

This evening and early tonight there'll be scattered showers, but it'll become largely dry overnight with clear spells.

Storm Abigail  is expected to bring heavy winds to the north of the country.

Met Eireann are currently evaluating the storm and expected to update their warnings within the next hour.

Last month the Met Office and Met Eireann announced a pilot project to name storms that may be blowing this way this autumn and winter.

They received thousands of responses by email, through the Met Office Facebook pages and @metoffice on Twitter.

The winning names were: Abigail, Barney, Clodagh, Desmond, Eva, Frank, Gertrude, Henry, Imogen, Jake, Katie, Lawrence, Mary, Nigel, Orla, Phil, Rhonda, Steve, Tegan, Vernon and Wendy.

It is hoped that naming storms will help raise awareness of severe weather and ensure greater safety of the public.

A storm is named when it is deemed to have the potential to cause a substantial impact in the UK and/or Ireland.

If a storm is the remnants of a tropical storm or hurricane that has moved across the Atlantic, the already established method of referring to it as, for example "Ex-hurricane X", will continue.

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