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08th Dec 2019

Met Eireann update weather warnings, with Status Red issued to cover parts of country

Sarah Finnan

The national forecaster has updated its weather warnings for the country.

Met Eireann has issued a status red weather warning for County Kerry, which is set to experience high winds as a result of the storm.

Predicting winds reaching speeds in excess of 80km, there are also gusts in excess of 130km/h expected.

Valid from 4pm today, the status red warning will remain in place until 7pm this evening. The highest level on the weather warning scale, experts are advising extreme caution with risk to life and property as well as serious disruption to travel possible.

There are also a number of other weather warnings in place for other parts of the country.

A status orange warning covers counties Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick. Valid from 1pm today until 6am on Monday morning.

While a yellow wind warning will cover the rest of the country from 3pm today until 6am on Monday.

According to the forecaster, there will be a mix of sunshine and frequent blustery or squally showers along with some heavy rain with hail and thunder. Severe and potentially damaging gusts will develop later this afternoon and evening in west Munster.

Tracking between Iceland and Ireland, Storm Atiyah is set to hit Irish coasts today.

Met Eireann is urging the public to exercise extreme caution and avoid making unnecessary journeys where possible.

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