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19th Sep 2018

Met Éireann issue fresh “violent storm force” warnings for Irish coasts

Rory Cashin


An updated Orange Status weather warning has also been issued to 17 counties around the country.

Storm Ali’s influence continues to be felt on Wednesday morning, from multiple flights at different airports around the country being delayed or cancelled outright, to the delay for the kick-off of the National Ploughing Championships.

Met Éireann have also been keeping a close eye on proceedings, and at 5am on Wednesday morning, issued the following weather warning:

“Gales or strong gales extending to all sea areas this morning, reaching storm force at times on Irish coastal waters from Valentia to Rossan Point to Belfast Lough and in the north Irish Sea, and up to violent storm force between Loop Head and Erris Head this morning, before and as winds veer westerly.”

Essentially, stay away from pretty much all coastlines today, because the description of “violent storm force” should be enough to scare you back to dry land.

Elsewhere, just before 7am on Wednesday morning, they also updated the Orange Status weather warning for Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Dublin, Kildare, Longford, Louth, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath, Clare, Kerry, and all of Connaught:

“Storm Ali will track close to the west and northwest coast this morning. South to southwest winds veering westerly will reach mean speeds between 65 and 80 km/h and gusts between 110km/h and 130 km/h for a time. Gusts in excess of 130 km/h are possible in coastal regions of the west and northwest. The core of strong winds will be along Atlantic coasts at first, before transferring quickly eastwards during the morning.”

That weather warning will remain in place until 1pm on Wednesday afternoon, while the Yellow Status wind warning for the entire country remains in effect until 5pm.

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