Saturday 26 May 2018

Storm Gertrude: 'Gale force' winds set to reach 110km/h

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The country is set to experience 'extremely windy' weather tonight as winds are increasing up to gale force.

Met Eireann has issued a weather advisory for Ireland as a swathe of severe winds are expected to pass through the country as Storm Gertrude hits.

The forecaster issued a report this evening saying coastal areas are experiencing "severe gusts" while rain is heaviest in Atlantic areas.

Winds nationwide are increasing from 'strong' to 'gale force'. Gusts of southwest winds are expected to reach up to 110 km/h at times.

Gardai also took the opportunity to warn motorists and pedestrians to take extra care on the roads tonight and to be aware of debris and high winds.

A succession of storms since December has seen widespread flooding and major disruption to travel, with the latest misery expected to continue through to the weekend.

A status orange wind warning will take effect from midnight tonight until tomorrow morning at 9am.

The warning is valid for 17 counties - Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Dublin, Longford, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Waterford

Gusts of up to 130 km/h will occur at times, Met Eireann has warned. The strongest winds will be felt mainly in northern and western coastal areas.

A status yellow warning will be in place for nine counties - Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Offaly, Westmeath, Roscommon, Limerick and Tipperary.

The adverse weather conditions will sweep into the country in a rapidly deepening Atlantic depression which will pass through Ireland to the north of Scotland during tomorrow.

“It will bring a swathe of severe winds across Ireland, Scotland and northern England through [tonight] and Friday,” Met Eireann has warned.

Orange-status warnings have been issued by both Met Éireann and the UK Met Office.

On Friday night, snow is expected to fall over the hills and mountains in the west and northwest.

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