Met Éireann have warned of stormy conditions on Friday, with Storm Erik set to grace Irish shores.
The storm is expected to hit by early on Friday morning, February 8th, and Met Éireann have issued a Status Orange wind warning for counties Galway, Mayo and Donegal. The warning comes into effect from 5am in Galway and Mayo, remaining in place until 1pm on Friday. It comes into effect in Donegal from 9am on Friday and will remain in place until 6am Saturday, February 9th.
Met Éireann have warned that mean wind speeds will vary from 65 to 80km/hr with some gust “severe or damaging” and ranging from 110 to 130km/hr. “The highest winds will be in exposed coastal areas, where these values will be exceeded at times” Met Éireann warn.
They also warn of very high seas and some coastal flooding.
The Rest of the country -
Meanwhile, the rest of the country have been issued with a Status Yellow wind warning, upgraded from the recent weather advisory.
These areas will see southwest to west winds reaching mean speeds of between 50 to 65km.hr, with gusts varying from 80 to 110km/hr. Wind will again be stronger along exposed coastal areas, with high seas and a risk of flooding.
The warning comes into effect from 5am on Friday and remains in place until Saturday at 6am.
Wind Warnings issued for Storm Erik— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) 7 February 2019
Status Orange: for Donegal, Galway & Mayo.
Gusts to 130 km/h
Status Yellow: for all areas
Gusts to 110 km/h
Valid from Friday 5am (Validity times vary).https://t.co/ozrQHtoOkt #StormErik pic.twitter.com/5H6TVe57QZ