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Met Éireann Issues Status Orange Weather Warning For Eight Counties

Met Éireann Issues Status Orange Weather Warning For Eight Counties
By Paul Moore

With Storm Ellen approaching, Met Éireann has issued a status orange wind warning for Munster, Galway and Mayo.

The warning is in place from 9pm on Wednesday until 6am on Thursday.

It states that: "Storm Ellen will track over Ireland this evening and tonight bringing severe and damaging winds. Heavy rainfall and storm surge will result in some flooding."

However, if you're living in Cork, things are a bit worse because a status red wind warning is in place too.

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Aside from this, a separate status yellow wind warning is also in place for the Republic of Ireland.

Regarding that particular warning, the public has been advised that "it will become very windy on Wednesday night and throughout the day on Thursday. Severe gusts are likely and there is a risk of some disruption. Due to the combination of storm surge, spring tides and onshore winds, there is a potential risk of coastal flooding."

The status yellow wind warning is in place from 9pm on Wednesday until midnight on Thursday.

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The RNLI has asked the public to not take any unnecessary risks if they're near the water because breaking waves can easily sweep you off your feet and out to sea.

Elsewhere, the Office of Emergency Planning have said: "Please heed the Met Eireann weather warnings being issued for Storm Ellen. It will bring strong winds and potential coastal flooding, in combination with high spring tides. Please prepare and don’t take unnecessary risks, particularly on exposed coasts, piers and harbours.

As for Northern Ireland, the UK Met Office has also issued a similar status yellow wind warning.

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It states that: "Storm Ellen is expected to bring a spell of very strong winds to Northern Ireland during Thursday morning."

If you live in the six counties, that warning is in effect from midnight on Wednesday until 8am on Thursday.

Take care if you're out and about.

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