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Not so Eu-Nice Status Orange warning issued for seven counties ahead of 'multi-hazard' Storm Eunice

Met Eireann said Eunice will bring “severe and potentially damaging winds gusting up to 130kmh, higher in exposed areas.”

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As storm Dudley makes its presence felt, pedestrians make their way through Dublin City centre. Picture; Gerry Mooney

As storm Dudley makes its presence felt, pedestrians make their way through Dublin City centre. Picture; Gerry Mooney

As storm Dudley makes its presence felt, pedestrians make their way through Dublin City centre. Picture; Gerry Mooney

A Status Orange wind warning has been put in place for seven counties on Friday morning ahead of Storm Eunice's arrival.

Met Eireann has upgraded the weather warning for Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Waterford, Galway and Wexford.

There is concern about the impact of Storm Eunice, which will be the second storm to hit in the coming days.

The orange warning will be in place from 5am until 11am on Friday, but there are yellow warnings in place for the country stretching into the afternoon.

A Status Yellow wind and and snow warning was issued as Storm Eunice was forecasted to track over Ireland from the south west on Thursday night and into Friday bringing very strong winds and falls of heavy rain, sleet and snow.

Met Eireann said Eunice will bring “severe and potentially damaging winds gusting up to 130kmh, higher in exposed areas.”

Some disruption is expected along with a possibility of coastal flooding.

The National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management (NDFEM) crisis management team held a second virtual meeting today with Met Eireann, the Office of Public Works (OPW), local authorities, the principal response agencies, and key departments. Another meeting s planned for noon tomorrow.

It comes as a wind warning came into effect for the country as Storm Dudley brought “strong and damaging gusts” to Ireland this afternoon.

In the UK, the Met Office has warned that strong winds could endanger life.

A Status Yellow wind warning has been issued by Met Éireann for the entire country from noon today until 11.30pm tonight, with westerly winds associated with Storm Dudley forecast to reach mean speeds of 50 to 65km/h with damaging gusts of 80-110km/h, stronger on exposed coasts and on high ground.

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A combination of high tide and strong winds will lead to a possibility of flooding on Atlantic coasts. Occasional heavy rain will bring a possibility of spot flooding.

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16/02/22 - Firefighters with Dublin Fire Brigade shut down a road in Sandyford, south Dublin as they deal with cladding which came loose at the top of a building during storm Dudley. Photo: Damien Storan.

16/02/22 - Firefighters with Dublin Fire Brigade shut down a road in Sandyford, south Dublin as they deal with cladding which came loose at the top of a building during storm Dudley. Photo: Damien Storan.

16/02/22 - Firefighters with Dublin Fire Brigade shut down a road in Sandyford, south Dublin as they deal with cladding which came loose at the top of a building during storm Dudley. Photo: Damien Storan.

Speaking on RTÉ Radio One this morning, Met Eireann forecaster Gerry Murphy said we can expect “strong westerly winds right across the country” today.

He added; “Gusts could be even stronger in some coastal areas of the west and northwest and in exposed coastal areas.”

The Government yesterday warned of severe weather - including damaging winds, flooding and snow - as Storms Dudley and Eunice are set to hit Ireland in the coming days.

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

The westerly winds associated with Storm Dudley will reach mean speeds of 50 – 65km/h with damaging gusts of 80 – 110km/h.

Met Éireann forecaster Matthew Murphy said at the moment southern and central Britain will be more severely impacted by Storm Dudley.

But, there is the potential that Storm Eunice will be more damaging to Ireland than Storm Dudley.

"At the moment it looks like the most severe part of the storm is going to impact southern and central Britain but we will be issuing yellow level warnings later this morning for part of the south and east of the country," Mr Murphy said.

"We do not expect to issue orange level warnings today but there is potential for some southern and south eastern counties, we may need to issue an orange wind warning for a time on Friday for Storm Eunice but we are not going to do that today as there is still a lot of uncertainty.

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Birds hover during high winds in Clontarf, Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren

Birds hover during high winds in Clontarf, Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren

Birds hover during high winds in Clontarf, Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren

"It does look like parts of Britain are going to be more severely impacted from that storm then Ireland."

He continued;"A yellow warning is for localised danger, so if you are on hills you wouldn't go climbing mountains, for the general public it’s to be cautious. So localised danger if you are out at the coast," he said.

He said Storm Eunice has the potential to be more severe than Storm Dudley, but it won't be as widespread.

"It has the potential to be more severe but it wouldn't be as widespread like the storm today, it’s kind of widespread strong winds but when Storm Eunice comes in it will be more localised events," he said.

"But, it certainly has the potential to be more severe in different parts of the south, southwest and southeast and it will also bring the risk of snow across parts of the midlands."

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.

ESB Networks has recorded a number of power outages in counties Mayo and Leitrim.

“We apologise for the loss of supply. We are currently working to repair faults and will restore power as quickly as possible,” a spokesperson said.

97 customers were affected in Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim but power has since been restored here.

Meanwhile, 113 customers were left without power in Mohill. A total of 24 customers were also left without power in Dalton, Co Mayo. ESB Networks say power has been restored to both areas.

Gas Networks Ireland said it does not anticipate any disruption to gas supplies to due to storms this week.

"All works are currently scheduled to take place as normal, however as the safety of our staff, customers and the public is paramount, our teams will assess conditions locally and may defer some work if required for safety reasons," a spokesperson said.

"Irrespective of what alert is in place, Gas Networks Ireland emergency services continue to operate as normal. If you smell gas at home or on the street, please call 1800 20 50 50 immediately."

Managing Director of home insurance company Switcher.ie Eoin Clarke is encouraging the public to "batten down the hatches".

"Now's the time to batten down the hatches before storm Dudley and Eunice hit," he said.

"Take any preventive measures like storing away outside furniture to avoid it being damaged.

"If your home does, unfortunately, suffer storm damage, then you need to speak to your insurer right away. Be sure to contact them as soon as possible, as there may be steps you need to take to minimise any damage until they can fully settle the claim."

Met Éireann said there is uncertainty on the details surrounding Storm Eunice, but it will be a "multi-hazard event".

"We are in for some unsettled weather, there is a yellow wind warning out today and tonight as westerly winds associated with Storm Dudley will be strong with some damaging gusts,” Met Éireann forecaster Andrew Doran Sherlock said.

“With a combination of the winds and high tides there will be some flooding on exposed coasts.

“There is also an advisory out for Thursday night and Friday for Storm Eunice. There is some uncertainty on the details but it will likely be some strong winds and rain and snow so it is a multi hazard event.

“It will be very windy and cold tonight with blustery showers and some wintry falls in the north and west.

"While it will be a windy start tomorrow winds will decrease and there will be sunny spells along with scattered showers and rain, hail, sleet and snow.

“Cloud will build from tomorrow evening with strengthening winds associated with Storm Eunice, becoming wet tomorrow night with the potential to become very windy in southern areas.

“There will also be falls of sleet and snow with accumulations possible.

“Friday will start wet and windy with further falls of sleet and snow.

"It looks to continue to be unsettled over the weekend with breezy conditions with further spells of rain and showers some of which will be wintry, but for today very windy with heavy outbreaks of showery rain, highs of nine to 14 degrees.”

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