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Wash out Ireland to be battered by two storms this week bringing gales and heavy rain

Met Eireann issues 130kmh wind alert

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Ireland is set to be hit by gale-force winds and coastal flooding followed by heavy rain and wintry showers as two named storms sweep in across the entire country later this week.

Met Eireann last night revised its weather warnings for the country as Storm Dudley is set to move in on Wednesday.

The national weather service has issued a Status Orange wind warning for Donegal in which westerly winds will reach mean speeds of between 65kmh and 80kmh with damaging gusts of 130kmh or more on exposed coasts and high ground.

The warning, which also advises of a combination of high tides leading to possible coastal flooding, comes into effect at 9pm on Wednesday and lasts until 9am on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the rest of Ireland will be subject to a Status Yellow wind warning associated with Storm Dudley from noon on Wednesday to noon on Thursday with winds reaching mean speeds of between 50kmh and 65kmh as well as damaging gusts of 110kmh or more on exposed coasts and high ground.

The same warning from the UK Met Office will apply to all six counties in Northern Ireland from 3pm on Wednesday to 6pm on Thursday, with an Amber wind warning in place for counties Derry and Antrim in place from 6pm on Wednesday to 9am on Thursday.

No sooner will the storm pass over Ireland and into the UK on Thursday when Storm Eunice moves in across Ireland from the southwest on Friday morning, with heavy rain and strong winds.

“It looks like a very active system with very strong winds and coming in behind that it will be pulling down colder air with possible wintry showers,” Met Eireann forecaster Mark Bowe told the Sunday World.

He said it was still too early to tell if Eunice will bring any snow showers but Met Eireann is not ruling it out. “At the moment it’s unlikely but it’s something we’ll keep a close eye on,” he said.

However, there is no doubt Ireland is in for “a very unsettled period” from mid-week onwards.

While today will start dry with some sunny periods and showers, clouds and rain will linger in the south in the morning before rain moves in from the west in the afternoon and evening with sleet showers possible in the north.

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Meanwhile, the warnings promoted the Road Safety Authority (RSA) to issue an alert last night for all road users to exercise extreme caution over the coming days.

“Road users in areas affected by the Orange warning are advised to check local traffic and weather conditions before setting out on a journey,” it said, adding people in areas affected by the Orange warnings should consider postponing any journeys until conditions improve.

Road users elsewhere are reminded strong cross winds, especially on dual carriageways and motorways, can lead to the loss of control of a vehicle, especially for motorcyclists and drivers of high-sided vehicles

Drivers are also warned to beware of objects blown on to the road, to reduce speed as road conditions change and to watch out for falling objects and debris.

They are also advised not to try to drive through flooded roads that could be hiding fallen trees or branches.

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