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UPDATE: Met Éireann issues red alert

Motorists are being urged to be aware of ice on roads as windy weather is set to continue.
Dec 26th 2013, 10:53 AM 45,543 62

FERRY SAILINGS HAVE been cancelled as high winds are forecast again today.

Met Éireann has upped an earlier orange alert to a red alert this morning for Wexford, Galway, Mayo, Clare, Kerry and Waterford.

It will become very stormy this evening with gale force southeast winds veering southwest early tonight.

Severe and damaging gusts of 120 to 140km per hour are expected, with winds reaching 150km per hour in exposed coastal areas.

Very high seas are also forecast with significant danger of coastal flooding also.

Met Éireann says that the warning will be in effect until 3pm tomorrow.

Irish Ferries have cancelled all of their Swift sailings for tomorrow.

Motorists are being urged to slow down as black ice appears on some roads, particularly on the Dublin to Cork road between junction 6 Thurles and junction 16 Rathcormac.

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Roads in Cork City are also icy.

Airports are reporting no major delays, but passengers on all transport should check with their travel provider prior to departure.

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