There’s been chaos for commuters this morning as gale force winds and torrential rain batter the country – but sadly the worst is yet to come.
Storm Diana won’t actually arrive until tonight as it’s still travelling over the Atlantic at the moment.
Carlow Weather’s Alan O’Reilly said, ‘For those asking if this is Storm Diana I'm afraid not, she is still out in the Atlantic and will arrive tonight into tomorrow morning with strong to severe gusts tomorrow and some rain, more weather warnings likely later today.’
For those asking if this is #StormDiana I'm afraid not, she is still out in the Atlantic and will arrive tonight into tomorrow morning with strong to severe gusts tomorrow and some rain, more weather warnings likely later today. pic.twitter.com/8XS8SD7A0o
— Carlow Weather (@CarlowWeather) November 27, 2018
He added that Roches Point in Co Cork had gusts of 104.5km/h this morning, though ‘sadly the gusts are likely to be higher tomorrow from Storm Diana’.
Met Éireann has issued status yellow rainfall and wind warnings for 16 counties, with coastal areas being the worst hit today.
They also confirmed that status orange weather warnings could be issued on Wednesday when Storm Diana arrives.
The yellow rainfall warning will stay in place until 2pm today for Munster, Dublin, Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, Galway and Mayo.
The yellow wind warning is for Munster, Dublin, Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo, with gales expected to reach 110km/h in some parts.
Met Éireann said, ‘Very wet and very blustery in most places this morning, with heavy downpours of rain, gales and severe gusts.
‘Some spot flooding locally also. But brighter less windy weather with showers, already in the southwest will extend up across the country gradually. Top temps 8 to 12C.’
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