Storm Jorge: Status red warning issued for Galway and Clare, two new weather warnings issued for 19 counties 1 month ago

Storm Jorge: Status red warning issued for Galway and Clare, two new weather warnings issued for 19 counties

Storm Jorge is going to wreak havoc this weekend.

Met Éireann has issued a status red weather warning for Galway and Clare and two new weather warnings affecting 19 counties ahead of the arrival of Storm Jorge this weekend.

That brings to seven the number of weather warnings that will be in place for the country over the weekend at various stages, from Friday through to the early hours of Sunday morning.

Issued at 4pm on Friday, the red warning for Galway and Clare warns of gusts of up to 145 km/h on Saturday and an elevated risk of coastal flooding and will be in effect from 1pm to 4pm.

Every county in the Republic of Ireland will be affected by a status orange wind warning at some point on Saturday afternoon. The west of the country – Mayo, Kerry, Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo - will be hit with gusts of up to 130 km/h, while the strongest winds will only be slightly weaker (max 120 km/h) in all other counties.

Before and after the status orange warning comes into effect in those counties – all counties in Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Roscommon, Cork, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford – a status yellow wind warning will be in effect, from 9am-1pm and from 7pm to midnight on Saturday.

As well as the strong winds, a status yellow rainfall warning will apply to all six counties in Munster, all five counties in Connacht and Donegal right throughout Friday and Saturday until midnight on Saturday night.

Details on all the warnings can be found here.

Conditions are expected to be particularly wild on Irish coasts this weekend, with a status red marine warning also in place and winds anticipated to reach Storm Force 11 (Storm Force 12 is Hurricane Status) at times on Saturday morning and afternoon.