Status Orange weather warning issued for eight counties as Storm Atiyah approaches 8 months ago

Status Orange weather warning issued for eight counties as Storm Atiyah approaches

Batten down the hatches folks, there's a storm coming.

Met Éireann has issued a Status Orange weather warning for eight counties in Ireland, as Storm Atiyah is set to make its presence felt this weekend.

The warning, issued on Friday morning, will affect Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Kerry and Limerick.

It will be in place from 9am on Sunday, 8 December until 6am on Monday, 9 December.

Met Éireann has said that Storm Atiyah will track between Iceland and Ireland on Sunday, generating a swathe of very strong winds across the country.

Southwesterly winds later veering northwesterly will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80 km/h, with gusts from 110 to 130km/h.

It's also expected that, due to a combination of high seas and storm surges, there is a possibility of coastal flooding.

Sunday will also see widespread heavy showers, merging to bring longer spells of rain at times in the north.

Saturday will be a generally rather cloudy day, with patchy rain and drizzle in the morning.

Saturday night will see the rain becoming heavy for a time before clearing in the first half of the night to scattered showers, mostly affecting coasts in the west and north.

More information can be found on the Met Éireann website.