Orange weather warning issued for Ireland as winds set to hit 120kph

Very high winds forecast thanks to Storm Abigail
Very high winds forecast thanks to Storm Abigail

The second highest level of warning has been issued this morning as Storm Abigail is set to hit our shores over the next 36 hours.

The first winter storm of the season will make hit us hard later this week. So hard in fact that Met Eireann have issued an Orange Weather warning and TWO Yellow Weather warnings this morning.

The Orange, the second highest warning on Met Eireann's scale, is for counties Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo.

From 9am tomorrow morning until 6am Friday, they say that southerly winds, veering south west at times will have mean speeds of between 55 and 80 kph.

However, the wind will be gusting at speeds of 100 to 120 kph.

The Yellow Warnings are also wind related and the first is for Roscommon where from 9am tomorrow until Friday at 3am they will experience winds of 45 to 55kph, with gusts touching 100 kph.

The second Yellow Warning is also for western counties, this time Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick.

From tomorrow at 6am until 3am on Friday they too will have winds of between 45 and 5kph with gusts up to 100kph at times.

Abigail will hit the UK even harder, with Scotland expectd to bear the brunt of the damage.