Met Éireann has issued a number of weather warnings ahead of the arrival of Storm Ellen.
Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Waterford are being placed under a status orange wind warning.
This is valid from 9pm tonight (Wednesday, August 19th) until 12pm tomorrow (Thursday, August 20th).
“Storm Ellen will track over Ireland on Wednesday night and during Thursday bringing a period of severe and potentially damaging winds.”
“Associated heavy rain will also bring a risk of flooding. Due to the combination of storm surge, spring tides and onshore winds, there is a potential risk of coastal flooding.”
Red wind warning
A status red wind warning will come into effect in Cork at 9pm and will expire at mid-night; Storm Ellen will produce a core of “very severe and destructive winds” according to the national forecaster.
All-island yellow wind warning
Meanwhile, a status yellow wind warning has been issued for the entire country, as reported by us here.
The warning is valid from 21:00 today (Wednesday, August 19th) until 23:59 on Thursday (August 20th).
It will become very windy on Wednesday night and throughout the day on Thursday, according to the national forecaster.
“Severe gusts are likely and there is a risk of some disruption. Due to the combination of storm surge, spring tides and onshore winds, there is a potential risk of coastal flooding.”