Status Orange weather warning issued for 3 counties

Met Éireann has issued a Status Orange wind warning for three counties in the northwest of the country.

With the recent inclement weather, Met Éireann has been forced to issue several weather warnings over the last week.

As things stand at present, the Status Orange warning applies to counties Donegal, Galway and Mayo. This warning was issued at 11:00am this morning (Saturday, February 13).

The warning will come into effect at 12:00pm noon tomorrow, and will remain in effect until 4:00pm tomorrow afternoon.

The national forecaster is predicting that south to southwest winds will reach mean speeds of 65kph to 80kph, with severe gusts in excess of 110kph in the west.

Where winds are onshore, there will be a risk of coastal flooding.

Meanwhile, a Status Yellow wind warning has been issued for 15 counties, including the three counties already mentioned, where the warning will be in place outside of the period covered by the Status Orange warning.

The counites covered by this Status Yellow warning are Dublin, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Waterford.

The warning was issued yesterday, but was updated at around 11:40am this morning. It will come into effect at 5:00am tomorrow morning, and will remain in place for 12 hours, until 5:00pm in the evening.

Southerly winds will reach mean speeds of 50kph to 65kph in the affected areas, with gusts of 90kph to 110kph. Again, where winds are onshore, there is a risk of coastal flooding around high tide.

Finally, a second Status Yellow wind warning has been issued for all other counites.

This warning was issued at 11:00 this morning and covers counties Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath, Cavan, Monaghan, Roscommon and Tipperary.

This warning will be in effect from 6:00am tomorrow morning to 4:00pm in the afternoon.

Southerly winds will reach mean speeds of 50kph to 60kph in the affected areas, with gusts of 80kph to 90kph.