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Ireland braced for ‘damaging’ winds, floods as Storm Eunice blows in

A red weather warning has been issued for the southwest of Ireland, as the island braced for the arrival of Storm Eunice.

Storm Eunice
Ireland braces for arrival of Storm Eunice

The Met Eireann storm warning for Counties Kerry and Cork would come into effect at 3 a.m. (0300 GMT) on Friday morning and would remain in place until 8a.m..

“Storm Eunice will track quickly over Ireland tonight and Friday morning, bringing severe and damaging winds.

“South-west winds veering north-west will reach mean speeds in excess of 80km/h, with gusts in excess of 130km/h. Some coastal flooding, especially at high tide,” said the national forecaster.

A status orange storm warning has been issued for several other counties.

Counties Clare, Galway, Waterford, Wexford, Tipperary, Kilkenny, Carlow, Wicklow, Laois, Offaly and Dublin were covered by the warning that would be in place from 3 a.m. to 11 a.m.

A status orange snow warning had been issued for Counties Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo and Roscommon from 3 a.m. on Friday to 3 p.m.

“Storm Eunice will bring heavy sleet and snow, leading to blizzard-like conditions in parts, with treacherous driving conditions,” said Met Eireann.

A status yellow wind, rain and snow warning covered the rest of the country from the early hours of Friday to 3 p.m.

In Northern Ireland, a yellow wind and snow warning had been issued by the Met Office covering the period 3 a.m. on Friday to 6 p.m.

“Storm Eunice may cause disruption due to heavy snow and some strong winds on Friday,” said the British forecaster.

The warnings were issued at  a slight lull in the stormy conditions after Storm Dudley swept across the island on Wednesday.

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