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29th Feb 2020

Storm Jorge hits today and Met Eireann has issued eight warnings

Alan Fisher

Storm Jorge is on its way today and Met Éireann has issued eight warnings including one status red warning.

Met Éireann released a statement at 7am this morning saying that “Storm Jorge will impact Ireland today, bringing extremely strong winds”.

“Cold to begin, with wintry showers. Frost and some icy patches in places also.

A band of heavy rain will soon extend from the west this morning, turning to sleet or snow in places, especially through the Midlands and north for a time, before turning back to rain later.

The sleet and snow in combination with strong winds will make driving conditions extremely hazardous in places this morning and early afternoon.

A clearance to showers of mostly rain and hail with a continuing risk of thunder will gradually follow from the southwest in the late afternoon and evening, though not reaching Ulster until tonight.

Extremely windy or stormy in all areas, with very strong southwesterly winds during the morning, veering westerly and strengthening further through the afternoon, with severe and damaging gusts.

Strong gale to storm-force winds on all coasts with violent storm-force winds on western coasts for a time this afternoon, with a risk of coastal flooding. Cold, with maximum afternoon temperatures of just 5 to 7 degrees.”

They have also issued eight weather warnings including one status red warning for Galway and Clare.

Be careful out there today.