Storm risk as Met Eireann issues three weather warnings

Michelle Hogan

Reporter:

Michelle Hogan

Met Eireann has issued a Status Yellow weather warning for the weekend. 

A yellow wind warning is in place for all of Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal. This is valid from Friday, November 9 at 08:00 am to Friday at 7:00 pm.

Southeasterly winds will reach speeds of 50 to 65km/h with gusts of 90 to 110km/hr in these areas. Gusts will exceed these values in exposed coastal areas and on higher ground, especially in the southeast.

A status yellow rainfall warning is in place for Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Galway, Mayo, Cork, Kerry, Tipperary and Waterford.

Heavy rain will lead to accumulations of around 25 to 40mm but may exceed these limits in mountainous areas.

This is valid from Friday at 06:00 am to 06:00 pm.

A third status yellow warning for is a wind warning for Munster and Connacht.  Southeasterly winds will reach speeds of 50 to 65km/h with gusts of 90 to 110km/hr. Gusts will exceed these values in exposed coastal areas and on higher ground, especially in the southwest.

This warning is valid from Friday from 04:00 am to 15:00 pm.

Met Eireann Meteorologist Liz Walsh commented on the upcoming spell of stormy weather on Friday.

"It’s been a rather unsettled week of weather so far with spells of wet and windy weather. Excess water has occurred on the roads at times, with spot flooding compounded by autumn leaves blocking drains.

"Our weather will remain unsettled through the rest of this week, and Met Éireann forecasters have been monitoring developments for this Friday 9th November particularly closely. There are a number of low-pressure systems or depressions dotted around the North Atlantic at present, but the one we are particularly interested in is an area of low pressure over Newfoundland in Canada which is expected to move out into the Labrador Sea tonight, Wednesday night.

"This low-pressure system will travel eastwards across the Atlantic by Friday, helped by a strong jet stream which will serve to deepen the low significantly by the time it comes close to our shores. The (by then) deep low will travel northwards to the west of Ireland during Friday, and the associated fronts will track in over Ireland during Friday morning and afternoon bringing strong winds and heavy rain and there is potential for severe and damaging gusts, especially on coasts. There is also a risk of coastal damage due to wave overtopping, with the timing of the strongest winds coinciding with high tide on some coasts," she said.