Storm Fergus is expected to make landfall in Ireland this morning with weather warnings in place for 15 counties.
The storm will hit the west coast first before making its way through the midlands and into the east.
A status Orange wind warning will come into effect in Clare, Galway, and Mayo from 3pm this afternoon, where a status Yellow alert is already in place.
Met Éireann said to expect “Very strong onshore winds due to Storm Fergus, coupled with high waves and high tides” in these counties.
They have also said there is the potential of localised coastal flooding in status Orange areas from later in the day.
Co Kerry has been added to the Status Yellow Wind Warning for #StormFergus tomorrow.
Valid 1pm to 9pm on Sunday 10th Dec
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) December 9, 2023
A status Yellow wind alert will come into place for 11 counties across the west, midlands, and east at 1pm.
Counties include Cavan, Dublin, Kildare, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Leitrim, Roscommon, Sligo and Kerry.
Met Éireann said to expect “very strong and gusty southwesterly winds, veering westerly” in this region.
Winds picking up
Ireland Weather Channel’s Cathal Nolan said this morning that winds will begin to pick up later in the day.
“We certainly have weather warnings again today, this is in relation to Storm Fergus which is pushing in from the West,” he said.
“We expect the winds to really start picking up through the late morning and into the afternoon.
“Status Yellow warnings are in place in counties Mayo, Galway, and Clare at the moment but this will be extended throughout the day.
This comes on the back of Storm Elin which arrived in Ireland late on Friday and resulted in Orange weather warnings in counties Dublin, Donegal, and Wicklow over the weekend.
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