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Storm Jorge: Status Orange wind warning issued for seven western counties

The warning kicks in from Saturday morning.

Image: Met Éireann

Updated Feb 27th 2020, 12:30 PM

A STATUS ORANGE wind warning has been put in place for seven counties along the western seaboard ahead of the arrival of Storm Jorge. 

The orange warning for Galway, Mayo, Clare and Kerry kicks in from 6am on Saturday and for Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo at 12pm on the same day. 

A Status Yellow wind warning is place for the rest of the country as a result of the approaching storm, with that warning to begin at 9am on Saturday. 

The wind warning has been issued by Met Éireann which said the storm will bring “some severe winds” ranging in speeds between 65 to 80 km/h with gusts of 110 to 130 km/h. 

The forecaster adds that wind speeds could be even greater in higher or exposed areas with “an elevated risk of coastal flooding”.

A Status Yellow rainfall warning has also been issued for Munster, Connacht and Donegal. 

Rainfall accumulations of 20 to 30mm are expected tomorrow and Saturday. However, there will be 40 to 50mm accumulations in parts of Kerry, with a continuing risk of flooding due to already saturated ground and elevated river levels. 

This warning kicks in at midnight and will remain valid until midnight on Saturday.

AA Roadwatch as said ice has been reported in Donegal, particularly on local roads around Letterkenny, and around Carrick-on-Shannon in Leitrim. 

“Slow down and leave yourself extra room to brake,” it said. 

Flooding is also lingering in some parts of Tipperary, Roscommon and Galway. 

AA Roadwatch is warning: “Never drive through floodwater unless you’re sure it’s not too deep for your car.” 

With reporting by Hayley Halpin

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