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Saturday 17 March 2018

Watch: Video shows how Storm Brian will progress as winds of up to 130kph expected

  • Spot flooding reported around the country
  • 50,000 customers remain without electricity after Ophelia
  • Motorists urged to take care on roads
  • Status Orange warning moved to cover Saturday Newsdesk Newsdesk

Less than a week after historic Storm Ophelia Ireland is bracing for Storm Brian with four separate weather warnings in place ahead of the 'weather bomb'.

The storm, which is not expected to bring the extreme conditions of ex-hurricane Ophelia, is due to hit Ireland at midnight on Friday and continue for a 12-hour period.

The storm is also due to hit the UK where weather warnings are also in place.

Met Eireann have issued a Status Orange warnings and three Status Yellow warnings due to the incoming storm.


The Ophelia-battered southern half of the country is now bracing itself for yet more high winds, along with potential torrential rainfall and spot flooding.

One of the Orange warnings is for the hard-hit counties of Wexford, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Waterford. The coasts of Mayo and Galway are also under a Status Orange warning.

They can expect gusts of between 110kph and 130kph during a 12-hour period from 6am on Saturday until 6pm that evening.

Those powerful winds will come with risks of coastal flooding thanks to impending Storm Brian's arrival across central and eastern parts of the country late on Friday.

A Status Yellow wind warning has been issued for the entire country from 10pm Friday night for 24 hours and mean wind speeds of 65kph will again batter Ireland, with gusts up to 110kph at times.

There is also a rainfall warning for Munster, Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow and Meath where accumulations of 30 to 50mm that covers all day Thursday.

Finally, a Status Yellow weather advisory  regarding the Atlantic depression now known as Storm Brian has been issued for the entire country with string winds gusting up to 110kph expected to hit for 36 hours from Frday at 6pm.

The AA has already reported spot flooding on parts of Cork city and county amid heavy rainfall.

Gardaí are warning of flooding and excess surface water on a number of routes the AA has said. 

Flooding has also been reported in Tipperary.

On Twitter Met Éireann wrote; "The system that may become #StormBrian will undergo explosive cyclogenesis in the next 24 hours. Deepening from 1006hPa to 961hPa."

Speaking to, a forecaster said that an "explosive cyclogenesis", which is otherwise known as a 'weather bomb' or 'explosive development', is a "rapidly deepening pressure system".

"We are now looking at the depression as it deepens and moves. It is predicted to move towards the south-west of Ireland tomorrow night and to move across the country.

"This will bring a risk of strong winds to the south of that," they added.

Chairman of the National Emergency Coordination Group Sean Hogan said they are not expecting anything like Ophelia's weather conditions.

"We don't have control of nature," Mr Hogan told RTE Radio One's Morning Ireland.

"Our job is to manage the consequences and the impact on society.

"Last weekend was an unprecedented event, we had no experience of hurricane conditions.

"We had good warning from Met Éireann and had time to calm and prepare.

"It enabled us to have a big impact."

On Thursday night the ESB confirmed that 50,000 customers remain without power as a result of Ophelia.

Among the most pressing fears in areas due to be affected worst by Storm Brian is that the heavy rain and winds could bring down trees badly weakened by Hurricane Ophelia last Monday.

Cork took the brunt of the damage from Ophelia with more than 400 trees ripped down across the city and county.

A total of 35 giant Lime trees - planted to mark the opening of Henry Ford's car plant in Cork more than 100 years ago - were knocked over like dominoes on the Centre Park Road by the winds which reached 130km/h.

The other fear is that the heavy rainfall and gusting winds, albeit nowhere near as strong as Ophelia's last Monday, could also delay the work of emergency crews in restoring electricity and power to storm-hit households.The Ophelia-battered southern half of the country is now bracing itself for yet more high winds, along with potential torrential rainfall and spot flooding. It is estimated that 60mm of rainfall will fall in the south over the next 24 hours alone.

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