Status Orange wind warning

  • Met Eireann has now updated its wind warning for Mayo and Galway for tomorrow to a Status Orange warning, as Storm Erik approaches.

    The weather warning comes into effect from 5am tomorrow morning until lunchtime, with southwest to west winds and severe or damaging gusts of up to 130 km/h.

    The highest winds will be in exposed coastal areas, along with very high seas and some coastal flooding can be expected.

    The status orange wind warnings apply to the coastal counties of Mayo, Galway and Donegal, with a status yellow warning for the rest of the country.

    The Road Safety Authority is asking road users to exercise caution tomorrow with very strong winds expected.

    Drivers should beware of falling debris and objects being blown onto the road.

    Control of vehicles can also be affected by strong cross winds - high sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable.

     

     

     

  • A Status Orange wind warning for counties Mayo, Donegal and Galway is in place this morning while the rest of the country is under a yellow wind warning as storm Erik hits our shores with damaging wind gusts expected of up to 130kmh.

    Met Eireann is warning that parts of the country will face a "potentially disruptive period of weather".

    The Status Orange warning is in place until 1pm today.

    The yellow warning is valid until 6am on Saturday.

    South-west to west winds will reach average speeds of 65kmh to 80kmh, with some severe or damaging gusts of 110kmh to 130kmh.

    Mayo County Council is advising that the Belmullet to Blacksod road (R313) is closed at Bundolla due to the high tide and will reopen when the tide recedes.

    The Shore Road in Belmullet is also closed and will reopen when the tide recedes.

    Galway city council has closed the Prom in Salthill this morning because of flooding due to high tides.

    The Prom has been closed from Leisureland to Grattan Road as a result.

     

     

    The Coast Guard has asked the public to "heed the warnings and take appropriate action". It is is asking users of smaller vessels to pay particular attention to the weather warnings and for the general public to be mindful of the risks on exposed areas - in particular piers, walkways and cliff areas.

    The National Parks and Wildlife Service has advised the following facilities will be closed today: Connemara National Park, Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park, Derryclare Nature Reserve, Old Head Nature Reserve, Laughil Wood, near Pontoon and Knochma Wood, near Tuam.

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    The West of Ireland can expect a very wet and windy night tonight, with heavy rain and southwest gales.

    Met Eireann has issued a status yellow wind warning from 10pm tonight until 12 noon tomorrow for Connacht with gusts of up to 110 km/h  - strongest near coasts.

    And a status orange wind warning is in place for counties Mayo and Donegal for the early hours of tomorrow morning.

    The warning is for coastal regions and high ground in both counties, with gusts of 110 to 130 km/h.

    There's also a risk of coastal damage on exposed northwest coasts, due to a combination of winds, high spring tides and high storm surge.

    The level orange warning is valid from 1am tomorrow morning until 8am.