Status orange wind warning issued for two more counties as Storm Hannah arrives 4 months ago

Status orange wind warning issued for two more counties as Storm Hannah arrives

At present, there are warnings for 20 counties in place.

Met Éireann has issued a status orange wind warning for Tipperary and Waterford as Storm Hannah makes its presence felt in Ireland.

People living in these two counties should take note that winds are expected to reach a mean speed of 65 to 80km/h, with gusts of 110 to 120km/h for a time on Friday night.

The warning was issued at 4am on Friday and will remain in place from 10pm on Friday until 10pm on Saturday.

There's a similar status orange wind warning in place for Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick - that particular warning is valid from 4pm on Friday until 5am on Saturday.

While not as severe as the aforementioned counties, anyone living in Mayo, Galway, Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Wexford, Wicklow, Offaly, and Donegal should know that a status yellow wind warning is in place for those counties too.

That warning states: "Becoming very windy on Friday night and for a time on Saturday morning. Southerly winds will veer northwesterly and reach mean speeds of 50-65km/h with gusts of 90 to 110 km/h."

The status yellow warning for those 14 counties is in place from 11pm on Friday until on 11pm on Saturday.

As for the weekend's weather forecast, Friday morning is set to be damp and cloudy with scattered outbreaks of rain. The rainfall will be more persistent as the afternoon develops.

Winds will increase over southern and western parts of the country from late afternoon, with severe and damaging gusts developing in the southwest of the country as Storm Hannah approaches.

There's set to be strong to gale force and gusty northwesterly winds in Munster, Connacht and south Leinster. Elsewhere, severe and damaging gusts in west Munster and along the south coast are expected too.

Thankfully, these winds are expected to ease as the night goes on. Outbreaks of rain will continue on Friday night, with some heavy bursts, but the rain will gradually ease off as clear spells develop in the west and southwest overnight.

Saturday afternoon will see sunny spells and scattered showers in the west and south extending countrywide.

Saturday night should be mainly dry with clear spells, but cloud will gradually thicken from the southwest and patchy light rain and drizzle will develop in parts of Munster and Connacht overnight.

Sunday is shaping up to be be a mainly cloudy and misty day with patchy light rain and drizzle.