Wind warnings issued as two storms approach Ireland

Wind warnings have been issued for Ireland today (Wednesday 16th) as Storm Dudley approaches.

A Status Yellow wind warning comes into effect from midday, with damaging gusts of up to 110km/h possible. Westerly winds associated with Storm Dudley will reach mean speeds of 50 – 65km/h with damaging gusts of 80 – 110km/h, stronger on exposed coasts and on high ground. A combination of high tide and strong winds will lead to a possibility of flooding on Atlantic coasts. Occasional heavy rain will also bring a possibility of spot flooding.

Storm Dudley is the first of two storm systems over Ireland this week.

Storm Eunice will track over Ireland on Thursday night and on Friday bringing very strong winds and falls of heavy rain, sleet and snow. Some disruption is likely along with a possibility of coastal and spot flooding.

Members of the Government committee that co-ordinates responses to emergencies met yesterday in preparation for the forthcoming storms.

It’s Crisis Management Team will continue to liaise with Met Eireann to monitor the evolving weather patterns and intends to conduct further meetings of the group over the coming days.

The Road Safety Authority has appealed to road-users to exercise caution over the coming days.