All-island Status Yellow wind warnings in place

Status Yellow wind warnings have been issued covering the whole island of Ireland.

The warning for the Republic of Ireland was issued at 3:00pm today (Tuesday, August 18), and will be in effect from tomorrow night, Wednesday, at 9:00pm.

The warning for Northern Ireland was issued just after 11:00am this morning, and will come into effect one hour earlier tomorrow night.

Both warnings will last throughout all of Thursday and lift at 23:59 that night.

For the Republic of Ireland, Met Éireann is warning: “It will become very windy on Wednesday night and throughout the day on Thursday. Severe gusts are likely and there is a risk of some disruption.

Due to the combination of storm surge, spring tides and onshore winds, there is a potential risk of coastal flooding.

For Northern Ireland, the UK’s Met Office (which uses a similar system of weather warnings) said: “Strong winds are expected to cause some disruption to travel and power supplies on Thursday.”

Rainfall warning

Just this morning, the country emerged from a Status Yellow rainfall warning for much of the country.

The warning lifted at 7:00am, and had covered the southern half of the county: all of Munster; as well as counties Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Wexford, Wicklow, Offaly and Galway.

Heavy or thundery rain, with localised flooding and water accumulations of 25mm to 40mm, were seen in some parts.