Flights cancelled as Storm Abigail picks up

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
A photo issued by University of Dundee shows the storm above Ireland and Britain
A photo issued by University of Dundee shows the storm above Ireland and Britain

Storm Abigail is causing disruption to flights across the country as winds of up to 120 km/h batter the west coast.

A status orange weather warning remains in place as storm-force winds and widespread wintry showers ravage the country. 

Gusts in excess of 120km/h are already being recorded on the west coast, according to the Achill Coast Guard.

Dublin Airport is experiencing minor disruptions to their flight schedule due to strong winds and have advised travellers to check the latest flight information with their airline.

A large number of flights have been delayed, and some have even been cancelled. 

A number of flights to Frankfurt, the Isle of Man, Shetland, Paris and Leeds-Bradford have been cancelled. Check here for the latest.
Met Eireann forecaster Gerry Murphy told the public that a status orange warning means 'be prepared'.
Speaking to RTE Radio One's Morning Ireland, he said: "This storm will affect coastal Ireland, the inland will be windy but not stormy winds.
"We have issued an orange warning. The yellow means 'be aware', the orange means 'be prepared' and the red is 'take action'.
"Make sure anything you're doing today, be prepared. Especially those who live on the coast, they will have high winds.
"Make sure your actions are safe and make sure your children and your elderly neighbours are kept safe.

Gusts of up to 120kmh will peak in coastal counties along the north-west this afternoon, and they will continue into the evening and tomorrow night. Tomorrow will also be very blustery, with "unstable air" and temperatures will range between 6C and 10C.

Gardai and the Road Safety Authority are urging motorists and pedestrians to be mindful of the adverse conditions. 

The RSA also advises road users to:

  • Beware of objects being blown out onto the road and to expect the unexpected. In particular watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road. Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds. High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds. 
  • Drivers should allow extra space around vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists as they may be blown off course by strong winds. • Watch out for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. 
  • Use dipped headlights at all times of poor visibility not parking/side lights and fog lights.

Pedestrians should take extra care when crossing the road or cycling in extremely windy conditions as a sudden gust of wind could blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

  • Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists are advised to be seen. Wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt.
  • Pedestrians should walk on a footpath, not in the street. Walk on the right hand side of the road, facing traffic if there are no footpaths.