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Double trouble Ireland braces for 'damaging gusts, rain and snow' ahead of Storms Dudley and Eunice

Westerly winds from Storm Dudley will reach mean speeds of 65-80kmph with damaging gusts of 100-130kmph – and even stronger on exposed coasts and higher ground.

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The Government has warned of severe weather - including damaging winds, flooding and snow -as Storms Dudley and Eunice are set to batter the country.

A crisis management team met today involving Met Éireann, the OPW, local authorities, response agencies and key government departments.

Westerly winds from Storm Dudley will reach mean speeds of 65-80kmph with damaging gusts of 100-130kmph – and even stronger on exposed coasts and higher ground.

A combination of high tides and strong winds may lead to coastal flooding.

A Status Yellow wind warning is in place nationwide from 12 noon tomorrow until 12 noon on Thursday where mean wind speeds will reach 50-65kmph, with damaging gusts of 80-110kmph on exposed coasts and higher ground.

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Wet and windy weather warning.

Wet and windy weather warning.

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Meanwhile, the UK Met Office have issued an amber warning for Antrim and Derry from 4pm on Wednesday until midnight that night.

A Met Office forecaster said: "Storm Dudley is expected to affect the UK later on Wednesday, bringing a period of very strong and disruptive winds.

After a brief respite, Storm Eunice will barrel across the country, arriving later on Thursday night and during the early part of Friday.

It brings with it the potential for severe winds across the entire country.

It also has the potential to bring snow for the northern half of the country.

With such severe weather, the public is advised to stay away from coastal areas for the duration of the warnings.

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Meanwhile all road users should be aware of the potential for hazardous travelling conditions.

Motorists are being urged to slow down and be aware of the dangers of fallen trees and debris. High sided vehicles, cyclists and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable during this time.

The public has also been advised to keep their mobiles charged and had been told to stay away from fallen or damaged electricity wires.

Met Éireann said this afternoon there is a potential for snow this week as two storms are set to cause some disruption across the country.

Storm Dudley is set to move into Ireland tomorrow while Storm Eunice will come into the country from the southwest on Friday morning.

Met Éireann say further warnings will be issued on Wednesday morning and updated on Thursday.

"A very unsettled week ahead with the weather expected to cause some disruption at times,” a Met Éireann forecaster said.

"Storm Dudley will track to the north of Ireland on Wednesday afternoon and evening. Warnings are in operation for the country.

"After a brief respite on Thursday, Storm Eunice looks likely to track up over parts of Ireland later on Thursday night and during Friday, bringing with it the potential for some severe winds. It also has the potential to bring falls of snow.”

Tuesday night will be very wet with widespread rain and a spot of flooding in some places.

This will pave way for wet and windy morning tomorrow which will turn much heavier in the evening as Storm Dudley will sweep across the country.

Thursday will be another wet day for western areas and it will be a little drier in the East but that evening winds will be “very strong and gusty”.

It will remain very unsettled for the weekend with strong and blustery westerly winds feeding in plenty of showers across the country on Saturday and Sunday.

The showers will be heavy at times too particularly on Sunday along Atlantic coastal counties.

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