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Two weather warnings issued as 125km/h Storm Hector winds to batter Ireland logo 13/06/2018 Barry Arnold
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Two weather warnings have been issued ahead of Storm Hector battering Ireland with 125km/h winds.

Met Eireann has issued an orange alert which will come into effect in Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Sligo at 9pm.

Winds are expected to gust as high as 125 km/hr overnight and the alert will be in place until 10am on Thursday.

a woman holding an umbrella: Heavy Rain Falls © Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Heavy Rain Falls

A Met Eireann spokesman said: ‘On Wednesday evening and night and for a time on Thursday morning,

‘South to southwest winds veering westerly, associated with Storm Hector, will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80 km/hr with gusts of 110 to 125 km/hr.

‘Winds will be strongest in coastal areas.’

a group of people walking in the rain © Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland

A second status yellow warning has also been issued over Storm Hector for the same time period in six further counties where winds will gust as high as 110km/h.

Winds will reach mean speeds of 55 to 65km/h Cavan, Monaghan, Leitrim, Roscommon, Clare and Kerry while the alert is in place.

Today will be mostly cloudy with patchy outbreaks of rain and drizzle gradually extending eastwards through today, with rain becoming more persistent in Atlantic coastal counties by this evening. 

a group of people walking down a street holding an umbrella in the rain © Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland

It will be wet as well as windy when Storm Hector takes hold of Ireland tonight, patchy drizzle in the east will turn to showers which will be heaviest and most frequent in the northwest.

Thursday will stay windy with both weather warnings remaining in place until 10am before a cloudy day with some sunny spells and scattered showers.

Temperatures will range between 15 and 19 degrees as winds gradually ease over the course of the day.

a man and a woman standing next to a bag of luggage: Weather warnings issued © Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Weather warnings issued

Friday will start off with good brightness and sunshine in many parts of the country with highs of 14 or 15 degrees.

But outbreaks of rain will develop through the day as cloud increases across Connacht, Ulster and west-Munster, the east and south will remain dry until late afternoon or evening.

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