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20th Jan 2024

All 32 counties hit with Orange warnings for ‘severe and damaging gusts’ as new storm named

Stephen Porzio

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Met Éireann forecasts that the storm will lead to ‘very difficult travelling conditions, fallen trees and damage to power lines’.

UPDATE: 12.15pm, 20 January

All 32 counties in Ireland have been hit with Status Orange wind warnings due to Storm Isha.

Met Éireann has updated one of these alerts – scheduled for between 5pm on Sunday (21 January) until 2am on Monday – to apply to the provinces of Connacht, Leinster and Munster, as well as the counties of Cavan and Monaghan.

This update joins existing Orange warnings for Donegal and all of Northern Ireland, meaning all of Ireland is impacted.

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Orange warnings issued as Storm Isha named

27 counties have been issued Status Orange weather warnings as Storm Isha will being “very strong winds” to Ireland on Sunday (21 January).

The storm was named by the UK Met Office on Friday with the UK’s national weather service and Met Éireann since issuing several Orange wind alerts that affect over half of Ireland.

One from Met Éireann applies to the provinces of Connacht and Munster, as well as the counties Carlow, Cavan, Dublin, Kilkenny, Longford, Louth, Monaghan, Wexford and Wicklow and is scheduled from 5pm on Sunday until 2am on Monday.

Another from the Irish meteorological service applies to Donegal and is also set to take effect from 5pm on Sunday until 5am the next day.

Both read:

“Very strong southwest winds with severe and damaging gusts.

“Impacts: Large coastal waves with wave overtopping, very difficult travelling conditions, fallen trees, damage to power lines.”

The UK Met Office has also published an Amber alert due to Storm Isha for all of Northern Ireland that is scheduled to last from 6pm on Sunday until 9am on Monday.

Amidst several other Status Yellow wind warnings issued is one for the entire Republic of Ireland, which is set to be valid from 11am on Sunday until 4am on Monday.

From then, another is scheduled to take effect from 4am to midday on Monday for Clare, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo.

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