Several weather warnings in place as Storm Brian approaches

It comes as many areas are still recovering from Storm Ophelia

Several weather warnings in place as Storm Brian approaches

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Met Éireann have issued a number of weather warnings for Saturday, as Storm Brian heads for Irish shores.

It comes as several parts of the country are still recovering from Storm Ophelia.

The forecaster says there is a potential risk of orange level winds developing in coastal regions of a number of counties in the west and southwest Friday night and into Saturday.

Storm Brian, described as a rapidly deepening depression in the mid-Atlantic, is expected to fill as it tracks over parts of Ireland overnight Friday and early on Saturday.

In general, it says the winds in most parts of the country will not be as severe as Storm Ophelia.

A yellow wind warning has been issued for the entire country, with orange level warnings for coastal areas of the south and west.


Various parts of the country will also experience strong winds at different times - with northern counties probably not seeing peak winds until Saturday afternoon.

Met Éireann says winds countrywide will reach average speeds up to 65 km/h, with gusts up to 110 km/h at times.

It also says this could be potentially higher in coastal parts of the south and west.

A status orange wind warning is in place for Galway, Mayo, Wexford, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Waterford.

Winds are set to reach average speeds here between 65 and 80 km/h, along with gusts of 110 to 130 km/h in coastal parts of Connacht and a risk of coastal flooding.

While coastal parts of Wexford are also at risk of coastal flooding, the forecaster adds.