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Storm Callum: 13 counties on Status Orange alert as high winds to hit tomorrow night

The warning will come into effect from Thursday night and will remain in place until the following morning.

Updated Oct 10th 2018, 11:03 PM

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A STATUS ORANGE weather alert has been issued for coastal counties and will come into effect from tomorrow night.

The weather front has officially been named as Storm Callum and will bring gusts of up to 110 to 130 km/h along Irish coasts.

Met Éireann issued an update to the forecast this evening. A Status Orange wind warning will be in place from 10pm tomorrow night for Cork and Kerry.

The Status Orange wind warning will taken effect two hours later at 12.01am in the counties of Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Clare Dublin, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath and Waterford

“Southeast winds veering southwest will gust generally between 100 and 130km/h, higher in some coastal areas and on high ground,” Met Éireann has said. 

Met Éireann’s Joanne Donnelly told RTÉ’s News at One that the spring tides will cause a risk of flooding. 

“Now, I know it’s not spring but they’re called spring tides, high tides, exceptionally high tides,” Donnelly said.

“So, that coupled with the low pressure and a very strong onshore wind that’s sweeping the tide up on top of the coastal defences,” she said.

Fingal County Council has said that it will be distribute sandbags tomorrow to areas along the coast where flooding might occur.

Other local councils are making similar preparations.

A Status Yellow warning is in place for the rest of the counties, and is in place from 12.01am on Friday.

Winds will be strongest overnight and early on Friday, gusting between 90 and 110 km/h at coasts.

The AA is urging motorists to adapt their driving, to reduce their speed, and to keep an eye out for vulnerable road users over the coming days.

Motorists are also being urged to allow extra space between themselves and other road users, particularly cyclists and pedestrians who could be blown off course by sudden gusts of wind.

The Road Safety Authority is advising people to check local weather and traffic conditions and be aware of the conditions before setting out on a trip.

With reporting by Hayley Halpin and Rónán Duffy

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