Status Orange warning now applies to five counties as Met Éireann issues Storm Lorenzo update
There was good news for residents of Cork on Thursday morning.
A status orange weather warning initially issued for six counties on Wednesday was slightly downgraded on Thursday, with that category of warning no longer applying to Cork as Storm Lorenzo approaches Ireland.
Met Éireann issued updates on the storm on Thursday morning, with a status orange wind warning still in place for Galway, Mayo, Clare, Kerry and Limerick, a warning that will come into effect at 6pm and remain in place until 3am on Friday morning.
A status yellow wind warning for the entire Republic of Ireland comes into effect at 9am on Thursday and will remain in place until 6pm, while a status yellow rainfall warning for Connacht, Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal will also come into effect at 9am and remain in place until 6am on Friday.
The UK Met Office has also issued a status yellow wind warning for large parts of Northern Ireland, advising the public that a spell of strong southeasterly winds may cause transport disruption from Thursday afternoon into Thursday evening. The warning takes effect from 3pm and will remain in place until 10pm.
A status orange marine warning was also issued at 5am on Thursday, warning of strong gales in the west veering southwest on Thursday afternoon, gales which will reach storm force 10 at times later in the day.
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) October 3, 2019
Met Éireann has forecast very high seas along Atlantic coasts once Storm Lorenzo begins to make an impact, with potentially damaging gusts in affected counties along the western seaboard.
Dublin Airport and AA Roadwatch are amongst a number of public bodies to have issued advisories to the public ahead of the arrival of the storm, while more information on the advice of the National Emergency Coordination Group (NECG) can be found here.