“Quite A Ferocious Beast” Met Éireann Forecaster Predicts Torrential Rain And Gale Force Winds As Storm Approaches Later This Week
Here we go again
You know things are bad when a Met Éireann forecaster describes a weather front as a "ferocious beast".
That's how forecaster Joanna Donnelly described the storm that's due to make landfall at the end of the week while she was on the 9pm news on RTÉ last night.
Winds of 150km/h and over 60mm of rain are in store for the country, with the worst hit areas at risk of flooding up to lunchtime on Saturday.
Met Éireann says, "Strong to gale force and blustery south to southeast winds developing overnight will become southwesterly early Friday morning.
"This could well lead to some disruption, with some damaging gusts in places, but especially in exposed Atlantic coastal areas. There will be heavy rain, high seas and high tides too, with the added risk of coastal flooding."
ECMWF shows over 60mm in some areas of the Southeast in a 24 hour period up to Saturday lunchtime. This along with hide tides and storm surge would present a risk of flooding. pic.twitter.com/FemFX2S66J— Carlow Weather (@CarlowWeather) October 9, 2018
While it is "still too early to call", according to Carlow Weather the storm is likely to be called Storm Callum if it reaches Orange Warning criteria.
Latest Fax charts from UKMO along with latest update from @MetEireann which mentions the potential for a named storm, that name will be #StormCallum if Orange Warning criteria is reached. pic.twitter.com/Mf33Jvn8Rf— Carlow Weather (@CarlowWeather) October 9, 2018
Time to start digging out the wellies for the walk to work on Friday.