Storm Hannah: Met Éireann issues Status Orange and Yellow warnings, power outages expected
- Two warnings in place until Saturday morning
- RSA urging motorists to drive with caution on wet roads
- Winds with gusts of 110 to 130 km/h in Munster
MET Éireann has warned that there may be power outages on Friday as Storm Hannah moves in over Ireland.
A Status Orange wind warning has been issued for Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick from 4pm on Friday until 5am on Saturday.
Winds are expected to reach mean speeds of 65-80 km/h with gusts of 110 to 130 km/h.
The national forecaster has told the public to "be prepared for possible disruption and power outages" in this area.
A separate Status Yellow wind warning is in place from 11pm on Friday until 9am Saturday for Connacht, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Wexford, Wicklow, Offaly, Donegal, Tipperary and Waterford.
According to Met Eireann, it will be "very windy on Friday night and for a time on Saturday morning" with mean wind speeds of 50-65km/h with gusts of 90 to 110 km/h.
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) are urging motorists to "slow down and allow extra distance" while driving.
They are also advising all road users to check local weather and traffic conditions and be aware of the conditions before setting out on a trip.
"It takes longer to stop a vehicle on wet roads so slow down and allow extra distance between you and the vehicle in front," a spokesperson said.
"Pedestrians and cyclists should take extra care when crossing the road or cycling in extremely windy conditions as a sudden gust of wind could blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle."
Showers are expected to extend nationwide this afternoon, "heaviest in the west and south with some of hail and a few possibly thundery," Met Eireann said.
The showers are expected to continue tonight but gradually die out, making Friday a cloudy morning.
Rain is expected to spread over Leinster and Ulster on Friday, with more rain from spreading from the west with "strengthening southerly winds" in the afternoon.
"In the evening it will become very windy or stormy in west and south Munster, with very strong, gusty west to northwest winds," Met Éireann said.
Friday night will be very windy and stormy in Munster and Connacht, especially in coastal areas, with strong northwest winds extending to all areas later in the night.
Some sunny spells are expected on Saturday however, with some scattered showers, making it a "cool bright day" with temperatures between 9 and 12C.
Sunday will be mild and mostly cloudy with some small amounts of patchy rain or drizzle in many areas, with temperatures reaching 16C.
Current indications for Monday suggest that a band of rain will move eastwards across the country, clearing later with scattered showers following, the national forecaster said.
The UK Met Office has also issued a Status Yellow wind warning, with the remnants of the storm expected to cross parts of south Wales and south England overnight on Friday.