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Wind and rain warnings in place as Storm Franklin hits Ireland

The Status Orange wind warnings cover Clare, Mayo, Galway, Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo.

Updated Feb 20th 2022, 7:43 PM

STATUS ORANGE WIND warnings are in effect for six counties, as Storm Franklin hits Ireland.

Weather across the country today has been very wet and windy, with some flooding due to rain and high seas at the coast.

At midday today, a Status Orange wind warning came into effect in Clare. It will remain in effect until midnight.

At 3pm, Status Orange wind warnings came into effect in both Galway and Mayo until 3am tomorrow.

Elsewhere, Status Orange wind warnings will be in place in Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo from 9pm until 7am tomorrow.

Met Éireann has warned that Storm Franklin “will cause gale force” winds, saying that there will be “severe and damaging gusts”.

Gusts of 139kph were recorded in Mace Head in Carna, Co Galway.

A Status Yellow wind warning is in effect for the entire country from 9am today until 9am tomorrow, while a Status Yellow rain warning was in place for Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo and Mayo until 6pm today.

a-person-watches-waves-in-doolin-in-county-clare-on-the-west-coast-of-ireland-picture-date-sunday-february-20-2022 Waves in Doolin in Co Clare today Source: Alamy Stock Photo

If you see anyone in trouble on the water or along the coast, dial 112 and ask for the Irish Coast Guard.

In Northern Ireland, the UK Met Office has issued a Yellow wind warning for all six counties, saying that the strong winds may cause disruption, particularly later tonight.

Storm Eunice

Storm Franklin comes after Storm Eunice travelled over Ireland on Friday, causing thousands of power cuts across the country.

Hundreds of homes were without power today – most have since had their power restored but some premises are still waiting, according to ESB Powercheck.

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People without power are being advised to check the Powercheck website for updates on when their electricity will be restored.

A council worker was tragically killed on Friday afternoon, after a tree fell on him during a cleanup operation in Wexford.

With reporting by Órla Ryan

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