Met Éireann issue Status Red wind warning for Kerry
Things are getting serious.
Storm Atiyah has been battering Ireland since last night, and half of the country is currently under a Status Orange wind warning.
The more easterly half is safer, simply enduring a Status Yellow level of wind.
However, as of this morning, Kerry has been singled out for a rare Status Red wind warning. Issued at 10am, the red alert will come into effect at 4pm on Sunday afternoon and remain in place until 7pm (8 December).
The warning reads: "West to southwest winds veering northwest will reach mean speeds in excess of 80km/h with gusts in excess of 130km/h for a time this evening. Extreme caution is advised, especially near the coast and on high ground.
"Due to a combination of high seas and storm surge there is a possibility of coastal flooding."
Kerry County Council has advised people to take the necessary precautions, including securing items or property which are susceptible to high winds such as hoarding, signage, Christmas lights/decorations, garden furniture, bins, trampolines, etc.
They have also said: "Motorists, cyclists & pedestrians traveling on Sunday, please take care on all roads and be mindful of the possibilities of debris, fallen trees and branches or power lines etc. - particular after dark. Avoid taking unnecessary journeys."
As things stand, there is also a Status Orange wind warning in place for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick — this warning will be in place until 6am on Monday.
The national wind warning, which is a Status Yellow, will be in place until 1pm on Monday.