Status orange wind warning issued for parts of the country

A status orange wind warning has been issued for some parts of the country by Met Eireann recently, with wind speeds expected to reach up to 130kph.

These warnings are set to take effect on Saturday, October 21. Counties Wexford, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Waterford will be subject to a wind warning from just after midnight until 12:00pm.

West to south-west winds veering northwest will reach mean speeds of 65-80kph, Met Eireann explained.

But gusts of between 110kph to 130kph are forecast in coastal parts of Munster and coastal parts of Wexford, with the risk of coastal flooding – as ‘Storm Brian’ tracks eastwards across central and southern parts of Ireland.

Meanwhile, a status orange wind warning has also been issued for counties Galway and Mayo; this warning will be valid between 6:00am on Saturday until 6:00pm.

Northwest winds are set to reach mean speeds ranging between 65kph and 80kph – with gusts of 110-130kph likely in coastal parts of Connacht with the risk of coastal flooding.

These updates follow on from a status yellow rainfall warning which remains in place today (October 19). There is a danger of heavy rain falling in some areas, with accumulations expected to range from 30mm to 50mm.

Issued yesterday, the warning is set to affect Munster as well as counties Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow and Meath.

Adding to this, Met Eireann has also issued a status yellow wind warning – as an Atlantic depression is expected to track eastwards over parts of the country on Saturday.

South to south-easterly winds on Friday night are set to veer north-westerly on Saturday and are expected to reach yellow warning criteria at that stage.

There is potential for mean wind speeds of 50-60kph and gusts of between 90kph and 110kph, especially in coastal counties, Met Eireann explained.