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Storm Jorge: Orange weather warnings issued, gusts to reach 130km/h and up to 50mm of rain forecast


Stormy weather (Tim Ireland/PA)

Stormy weather (Tim Ireland/PA)

Stormy weather (Tim Ireland/PA)

The National Emergency Coordination Group will meet tomorrow ahead of more weather warnings as Storm Jorge looms.

STATUS Orange weather warnings have been issued as the latest storm is set to batter Ireland with gusts of up to 130km/h and up to 50mm of rain.

We may be coming into spring but the wintry washout weather isn't showing any signs of letting up.

Given the prolonged period of very wet weather, the flooding that has already occurred and the potential impact of Storm “Jorge”, due to hit Ireland this weekend, the NDFEM has decided to convene a meeting of the National Emergency Coordination Group (NECG) tomorrow morning in the National Emergency Coordination Centre, Agriculture (NECC)," the department of housing, planning and local government said.

Met Eireann released the fresh weather alerts today as they said that snow, ice, heavy rain and strong winds are all forecast over the coming days.

Forecaster Joanna Donnelly said the storm is set to hit coastal counties on Saturday.

A Status Orange wind warning is in place for Galway, Mayo Clare and Kerry between 6am on Saturday until 3am on Sunday.

Another Satatus Orange wind warning has been issued for Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo from 12pm on Saturday until 3am and Sunday.

"It's going to affect Ireland on Saturday. It's an orange level warning for coastal counties of the west, so that's up to 130 km/h gusts," Ms Donnelly told Independent.ie

A status yellow snow ice warning for Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo is currently in place until midday today, but Met Eireann are expecting to issue another ice and snow warning after the storm's arrival.

"There are going to be more wintry showers after Jorge comes through. So, there's likely to be more snow/ ice warnings after. For the the moment we'll be concentrating on the wind warnings."

Status Yellow rainfall warning will be in place for Munster, Connacht and Donegal on Friday.

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"Rainfall accumulations of 20 to 30mm expected during Friday and Saturday generally but 40 to 50 mm in parts of Kerry, with a continuing risk of flooding due to already saturated ground and elevated river levels," a Met Eireann spokesperson said.

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