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Met Eireann issues two weather warnings as Storm Barney picks up

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Storm Barney is picking up and will bring high winds and heavy rain
Storm Barney is picking up and will bring high winds and heavy rain

Met Eireann has issued two weather warnings as Storm Barney picks up.

Storm Barney is bringing high winds and heavy rain to Ireland and the UK in the coming 48 hours. 

"Barney will be a fast-moving storm, bringing locally strong winds to southern Ireland and the southern U.K. beginning midday Tuesday and continuing into Tuesday night," AccuWeather Meteorologist Eric Leister said.

As a result, Met Eireann has issued two weather warnings which cover much of the country. 

A status orange wind warning has been issued for the following counties; Dublin, Wicklow, Galway, Clare, Kerry and Limerick. West to southwest winds will reach mean speeds of 60 to 75 km/hr with gusts of 100-125 km/hr on Tuesday afternoon into tonight. 

A lesser yellow warning has been put in place for Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Wexford, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath, Cork, Tipperary and Waterford. West to southwest winds will reach mean speeds of 55 to 65 km/hr and gusts of 90 to 110 km/hr during Tuesday afternoon.

"Additional rain by Barney will make flooding problems worse in the regions that were worst-hit over the weekend," AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys said.

A statement from Limerick Council reads: "It is important that members of the public pay attention to Met Éireann's advisory as this weather system has the potential to deliver Storm Force 10 winds to Limerick for a period during the afternoon to early evening.

"Members of the public are advised to remain indoors where possible during the storm and to stay away from rivers and other water bodies."

Gardai have warned motorists to exercise extreme caution on the roads this afternoon and evening. 

"With high south westerly winds forecast motorists are advised to slow down, maintain a safe driving distance and always expect the unexpected. Gardaí are advising drivers of high sided vehicles, motorcyclists and cyclists who are particularly vulnerable to strong winds to take extra care."

AccuWeather are predicting flight disruptions and, in addition to wind, Barney will also cause heavy rain in Northern Ireland into Wales and Northwest England.

Image courtesy of AccuWeather.