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07th Feb 2019

Two status orange weather warnings issued as Storm Erik set to hit Ireland

Dave Hanratty

Storm Erik orange weather warning

Brace yourselves accordingly.

With fears rising that Ireland is set for a return to Beast From The East-style weather, the outlook is not quite ideal to say the least.

Met Éireann has issued two status orange weather warnings in advance of the oncoming Storm Erik.

Issued on Thursday morning, the first warning concerns Galway and Mayo and is valid from Friday 8 February at 5am until 1pm on the same day.

Southwest to west winds are expected to reach an average of between 65 and 80 kilometres per hour, with some severe or damaging gusts of 110 to 130 km/h.

The highest winds will be located in exposed coastal areas, where the above may be exceeded at times. Very high seas will also be in effect, along with some coastal flooding.

The second warning is for Donegal and is valid from Friday at 9am until Saturday at 6am, with the same conditions anticipated.

In advance, An Garda Síochána and the Road Safety Authority of Ireland have urged motorists to take extra caution on the roads.

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