Storm Erik graced Irish shores last night, February 7th, with a Status Orange wind warning in place for Mayo, Galway and Donegal and a Status Yellow warning issued for the rest of the country, as reported by us here.The Status Orange wind warning remains in place for Donegal until 6am on Saturday, February 9th, with gusts expected to range from 110-10km/hr and mean wind speeds of between 65 and 80km/hr.
Here's the latest infrared satellite image from 8am. Storm Erik is clearly visible just off the northwest coast.— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) 8 February 2019
Gusts of up to 120km/h have been recorded this morning with the strongest winds in Galway, Mayo & Donegal.#StormErik pic.twitter.com/MXnGPXFi4w
The rest of the country will remain under a Status Yellow wind warning, with mean winds speeds of between 50 to 65km/hr and gusts varying from 80 to 110km/hr. The warning will remain in place until 6am tomorrow, Saturday February 9th, with Met Éireann warning of “very windy” weather overnight, with widespread showers and severe gusts in the north.
They warn that wind values may exceed listed levels overnight along Atlantic coastal areas, while there is also a risk of coastal flooding due to high seas.
Very windy in all areas today with stormy conditions for a time in western and northern coastal counties as #StormErik tracks to the north of Ireland. There will be a mix of sunny intervals and blustery showers during the day with longer spells of rain in the north. 7 to 10°C. pic.twitter.com/SCHZQ5LC64— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) 8 February 2019
Rain Warning -
Along with the countrywide wind warning, Met Éireann have also issued a Status Yellow Rainfall warning for four counties.
The counties affected are Donegal, Mayo, Galway and Kerry, with Met Éireann warning that rainfall accumulations will range from 30-40mms. They say there will be a risk of spot flooding in places, especially in coastal and hilled areas.