Met Éireann issues status red marine warning ahead of the arrival of Storm Jorge this weekend
Winds are expected to reach violent Storm Force 11 on Irish coastal waters on Saturday.
Met Éireann has issued a status red marine warning for coastal waters on the west coast of Ireland ahead of the arrival of Storm Jorge this weekend.
The warning, issued at midday on Friday, warns that Gale Force 8 to Strong Gale Force 9 winds will develop on coastal waters from Mizen Head (Cork) to Slyne Head (Galway) to Rossan Point (Donegal) on Friday night.
Those winds will veer westerly on Saturday morning and increase to Storm Force 10 and occasionally Violent Storm Force 11 (Storm Force 12 is Hurricane Force) at times.
Gale Force 8 to Storm Force 10 winds will also extend to all Irish coastal waters and the Irish Sea on Saturday morning and afternoon.
Along with the status red marine warning, four separate weather warnings have been issued by Met Éireann, which will be in effect throughout the country on Saturday and Sunday.
A status orange wind warning, with gusts of up to 130 km/h, will come into effect for Galway, Mayo, Clare and Kerry at 6am on Saturday morning and remain in place until 3am on Sunday morning.
A second status orange wind warning, which applies to Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo and which also carries the threat of gusts of up to 130 km/h, will come into effect at 12pm on Saturday and remain in place until 3am on Sunday morning.
A separate status yellow rainfall warning has been issued for all counties in Munster and Connacht and Donegal – valid all day Friday and Saturday – while a status yellow wind warning for all counties in Leinster as well as Cavan, Monaghan, Roscommon, Cork, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford, will come into effect at 9am on Saturday and remain in place until 3am on Sunday morning.
With warnings in place for coastal waters all over Ireland this weekend, the Irish Coast Guard has urged the public not to endanger their own lives or the lives of the Coast Guard rescue teams by unnecessarily venturing out to exposed coastal areas.
As #StormJorge approaches the Irish Coast Guard asks the public not to put their lives, or the lives of our rescue teams in danger by venturing out to exposed coastal areas unnecessarily.
Please heed this message and do your bit to help us to keep everyone safe this Weekend. pic.twitter.com/klgB8gv2PT
— Irish Coast Guard (@IrishCoastGuard) February 28, 2020
You can keep track of updated weather warnings throughout the weekend on the Met Éireann website here.