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Barr-alert New weather warning issued for two counties as flights cancelled due to Storm Barra

Due to a combination of high waves, storm surge and high tide, coastal flooding is expected,” the warning states.

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Members of the public brave the bad weather due to Storm Barra in Dublin's City Centre. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Members of the public brave the bad weather due to Storm Barra in Dublin's City Centre. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Members of the public brave the bad weather due to Storm Barra in Dublin's City Centre. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A new weather warning has been issued for Leitrim and Sligo this morning as Storm Barra continues to batter the country. 

The Status Orange Met Éireann wind warning that will come into effect from 8pm this evening to 8am on Wednesday predicts that north-westerly winds will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80 km/h with severe or damaging gusts of 100 to 130 km/h.

“Due to a combination of high waves, storm surge and high tide, coastal flooding is expected,” the warning states. “Disruption to power and travel are likely.”

It follows a series of weather alerts that are now in place, with a Status Red wind warning for Cork and Kerry that has been active from 6am remaining place until 9pm, while Clare will be under a Status Red from 4pm.

In all three counties, wind speeds in excess of 80 km/h with severe or damaging gusts in excess of 130km/h have been forecast by Met Éireann.

The weather warnings will be in place until 9pm tonight, when these counties will enter a Status Orange wind warning, which will remain in place until 6am tomorrow morning.

Status Orange wind warnings will also be in place for Limerick, Waterford, Galway, Mayo, Wexford, Dublin, Louth, Wicklow and East Meath.

“Storm Barra will bring severe and damaging wind gusts today,” Met Eireann said.

“The winds will be strongest on exposed coastal areas of Munster and Connacht. Gale to storm force southeast winds will veer west and later northwest in direction.

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Christmas trees as part of the Christmas at the Castle event which have fallen over due to Storm Barra in Dublin Castle, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Christmas trees as part of the Christmas at the Castle event which have fallen over due to Storm Barra in Dublin Castle, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Christmas trees as part of the Christmas at the Castle event which have fallen over due to Storm Barra in Dublin Castle, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

“Heavy rain will move north-eastwards across the country during the morning followed by widespread squally showers. Falls of sleet and snow are likely in places, especially across the north and west during the morning then in the south at times later.

“Coastal flooding is expected along with travel disruption.”

Some of that disruption led to two flights being cancelled at Shannon Airport due to today’s storm.

In an update issued this morning, Shannon Group advised people to check with the status of their flight before leaving home.

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A spokesperson said: “The first scheduled flight of the day, a Ryanair flight to Tenerife departed Shannon Airport this morning at 7.21am. However, Aer Lingus services from and to Heathrow Airport scheduled for later this afternoon (EI 385 and EI386) have been cancelled due to the expected severity of storm Barra.

“There have been no further confirmed flight cancellations yet, and we are awaiting updates from our airlines.

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 Members of the public brave the bad weather due to Storm Barra in Dublins City Centre. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Members of the public brave the bad weather due to Storm Barra in Dublins City Centre. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Members of the public brave the bad weather due to Storm Barra in Dublins City Centre. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

“However, as a status red weather warning for County Clare is due to come into effect today, we strongly advise intending passengers to check with their airline before travelling to the airport. Flight information will be posted on all Shannon Airport social media platforms and the airport website as it becomes available.”

Meanwhile, Met Eireann said that as the eye of the storm passes over the centre of the country winds will fall light and variable for a time, however, strong winds will continue through the night.

“There will be frequent squally showers, some of sleet and snow with hail and isolated thunderstorms,” the forecaster adds.

“Further damaging and possibly disruptive wind gusts are expected, especially in Atlantic coastal counties with gale to storm force west to northwest winds.”

It will be a cold night with lowest temperatures of 1 to 4 degrees, and a cold and windy day tomorrow, with bright spells in the south, and widespread showers, some of sleet and snow and prolonged over the northern half of the country.

“Winds will back westerly and steadily ease on Wednesday night with clear spells and scattered showers,” Met Eireann adds.

It will be a dry start on Thursday for most of the country, although rain will develop in the southwest and spread eastwards later, possibly falling as sleet and snow in some areas initially, then quickly clearing to rain.

Friday will be another cold day with sunny spells and showers of rain or hail, mainly affecting western and northern coastal areas. Afternoon temperatures will range between 5 and 8 degrees in a moderate westerly wind.

Rain is expected for Saturday, and will be widespread across the country and turning heavy for a time, clearing later to scattered showers. Temperatures in the afternoon will be between 9 and 12 degrees in a moderate south-westerly wind.

Current indications suggest temperatures will be higher than typical next weekend with a fresh southerly wind and rain or showers at times.

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