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“Orange Alert” Issued for Kerry, Cork, and Galway as Ireland Braces for Storms and Torrential Rains

Dublin: Meteorologists have issued a comprehensive alert for all counties across Ireland, anticipating the imminent arrival of Storm Gerrit, accompanied by heavy rains. A yellow alert has been implemented for the entire island, with a specific emphasis on the coastal regions due to the expected strength of the southerly winds.

Kerry and West Cork are under an orange alert, indicating intensified rainfall, effective until Wednesday evening. Galway has a special orange alert in place due to potential storms, extending from 6 p.m. today to 6 a.m. on Thursday. Furthermore, a yellow warning remains in effect until 4 p.m. on Thursday for Clare, Kerry, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, and Sligo. The Met Office underscores the risk of coastal flooding arising from strong winds and high waves.

Ryanair has cautioned travellers about possible flight delays due to adverse weather conditions. The Met Office’s forecast predicts heavy overnight rain, coupled with a temperature drop of 1 to 4 degrees Celsius. The southwesterly winds from the west are expected to be particularly forceful, posing a threat of coastal issues such as spring tides, large waves, and storm surges.

Additionally, the UK Met Office has issued a warning for Northern Ireland starting from 10 a.m. tomorrow. In response to the impending weather challenges, Cork County Council’s Climate Assessment Committee convened to strategize flood preparedness. Measures include the deployment of sandbags and pumping arrangements at flood-prone locations, along with personnel tasked to clean inlets and gullies. Motorists are strongly advised to exercise extreme caution.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has also emphasised road safety, urging drivers to slow down, maintain a safe distance from vehicles, especially goods vehicles, and always dip headlights. Pedestrians and cyclists are advised to use the right side of the road, hi-vis jackets, and lights. The RSA underscores the importance of careful road-crossing and highlights the need for heightened vigilance during these challenging weather conditions.

https://x.com/MetEireann/status/1739897585576366302?s=20

Hear the latest National Forecast for today & the next few days: https://x.com/MetEireann/status/1739899014781268075?s=20

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