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Irish weather forecast: Status Orange wind warning for nine counties comes into effect at 10am as Storm Dennis batters Ireland

Irish Mirror logoIrish Mirror 16/02/2020 John Patrick Kierans

A Status Orange wind warning for nine counties is coming into place this morning as Storm Dennis batters Ireland. The alert was issued by Met Eireann at 1.30pm yesterday, affecting Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick from 10am. It will expire at 10pm tonight, as long as it's not extended by weather chiefs throughout the day.

The predicted path of Storm Dennis © Provided by Irish Mirror The predicted path of Storm Dennis The caution reads: “Status Orange - Wind warning for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick Southwest winds with mean speeds of 60 to 80 km/h with severe gusts of up to 120km/h, strongest on exposed hills and coasts, with a risk of coastal flooding.” It comes after Storm Dennis wreaked havoc across Ireland yesterday, with more awful conditions expected today. 

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#STORMDENNIS UPDATE 0900HRS (**SUNDAY**) A lull in wind and rainfall overnight. Increasing winds now gusting to between 65kmh to 122kmh in western locations according to latest data, Wave heights reaching 6 meters in some offshore locations. Winds will further increase today and overnight for a time with dusruptive gusts reaching 125kmh in SW Munster, Connacht and Ulster leading to further power outages and delays to air, sea and general transport. Highest gusts will be found in costal North Connacht and coastal Ulster. Elsewhere gusts reaching 55kmh to 95kmh in Leinster and inland Munster. Further fractured showers heaviest in the SW and W. Localised flooding an issue in the midlands through to Atlantic coasts from Kerry to Derry. A risk of thunderstorm activity along our western seaboard. Coastal flooding will remain an issue along our western seaboard until tomorrow (Monday evening). AVOID ALL ATLANTiC COASTS. Wintry mixed preciptation likely later this afternoon and evenining over Ulster and nearby border counties. Please see Met Eireann for up to date advisories and colour coded warnings. www.met.ie/warnings (See image for current official colour coded advisories) #MetalertIreland #Weather #Ireland

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A forecaster said: “The effects of Storm Dennis will continue today. It will be very windy everywhere with strong and very gusty southwest winds. “It will be stormy at times near west and north coasts with gales and severe or damaging gusts and a risk of coastal flooding. “Sunshine and widespread heavy squally showers with a risk of hail and thunder. Highest temperatures of 6C to 9C.

“Continuing very windy or stormy early tonight, especially in the west and north, with strong to gale force and very gusty southwest winds. “Later in the night winds will ease somewhat, but will continue fresh to strong and gusty. Heavy showers of rain and hail will continue with a risk of thunder. Lowest temperatures of 1C to 4C.” 

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He added: “Monday will be a cold, bright, blustery day with sunny spells and widespread heavy showers of rain or hail with a risk of thunder. “Highest temperatures of 5C to 8C with mostly fresh, gusty westerly winds, strong at times along coasts.”

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