Met Eireann issue second highest level of warning over 'Storm Eva'

Met Eireann have issued the second highest level of warning
Met Eireann have issued the second highest level of warning

With Storm Desmond only just behind us, Met Eireann today issued two warnings in preparation for the arrival of Storm Eva.

The fifth storm of the season will hit tomorrow and it will bring with it extremely high winds to virtually all parts of the country.

An Orange Level warning, the second highest the forrecasters us, has been issued for Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Clare tomorrow.

From 1pm tomorrow, southerly winds of 60 to 65kph, gusting 100 to 110kph will hit the west coast but after dark things will get worse.

From 4pm mean speeds will go up to 65 to 80kph while there will be gusts of up to 120kph.

Things are slightly better for the rest of the country but Met Eirean still issued a Yellow Level warning.

For Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Leitrim, Roscommon, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford there will be strong winds with gusts expected to touch 100 to 110kph.

As for Storm Eva, Met Eireann say: 'A developing storm is expected to track to the west and northwest of Ireland later Wednesday and Wednesday night and will bring some severe winds to coastal counties of the west and northwest of Ireland. This storm has been named Eva, as there is an orange status wind warning in operation for counties Clare, Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Donegal.'

Thankfully Eva won't bring anything like the level of rain that Desmond brought but with those winds it will still be a powerful weather event.

By Christmas Eve it should have passed over the country but the temperatures will drop, possibly touching zero, with rain, hail or sleet also forecast.

Christmas Day will start off cold and bright before rain spreads across the country.