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Storm Jorge to batter Ireland

Met Éireann has issued a series of weather warnings ahead of the arrival of Storm Jorge.

Galway, Mayo, Clare and Kerry are being placed under a status orange wind warning from 6am on Saturday, February 29th until 3am on Sunday (March 1st).

“Some severe winds expected during Saturday associated with Storm Jorge (Hor-hay).”

“Southwest, quickly veering west, and later northwest will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80km/h with gusts of 110 to 130km/h, possibly higher in very exposed areas with an elevated risk of coastal flooding.” the national forecaster warned.

Meanwhile, a status orange wind warning will come into effect in Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo from 12pm on Saturday until 3am on Sunday.

“Some severe winds expected during Saturday associated with Storm Jorge (Hor-hay).”

“Southwest, quickly veering west and later northwest, will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80km/h with gusts of 110 to 130km/h, possibly higher in very exposed areas with an elevated risk of coastal flooding.”

Rainfall

Meanwhile, a status yellow rainfall warning has been issued for Munster, Connacht and Donegal; the alert is valid from 00:01 tomorrow until 23:59 on Saturday.

“Rainfall accumulations of 20 to 30mm expected during Friday and Saturday generally but 40 to 50 mm in parts of Kerry, with a continuing risk of flooding due to already saturated ground and elevated river levels.”

A status yellow wind warning will come into effect in Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Roscommon, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford at 9am on Saturday and will expire on 3am on Sunday. 

“A band of very strong winds, associated with storm Jorge will extend across the country during Saturday morning and persist through the rest of the day and into the night.”

“Southwest, veering westerly winds of mean speeds 50 to 65km/h, with gusts of 90 to 110km/h expected.”

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