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16th Feb 2020

Met Eireann warns of severe gusts with orange warning in place for nine counties

Darragh Murphy

Storm Dennis

Storm Dennis continues to take its toll on the country on Sunday.

A Status Orange wind warning is in place for nine counties –¬†Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick – with gusts as strong as 120km/h possible until 10pm tonight.

The rest of the country is under a Status Yellow wind warning, which is valid until 11pm.

Met Eireann has warned of severe gusts and the possibility of thundery showers around the country throughout the afternoon and evening.

The national forecast reads: “The effects of Storm Dennis will continue today. It will be very windy everywhere with strong and very gusty southwest winds. It will be stormy at times near west and north coasts with gales and severe or damaging gusts and a risk of coastal flooding. Sunny spells and widespread heavy thundery showers today with a risk of hail. Thunder will be most frequent this afternoon in the western half of the country. Highest temperatures of 6 to 9 degrees.

“Continuing very windy or stormy early tonight, especially in the west and north, with strong to gale force and very gusty southwest winds. Later in the night winds will ease somewhat, but will continue fresh to strong and gusty. Heavy showers of rain and hail will continue with a risk of thunder. Lowest temperatures of 2 to 4 degrees.”

Stormy conditions are set to subside on Monday, which will be a cold and blustery day.