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Dublin: 3 °C Tuesday 28 January, 2020

Twenty planes diverted away from Dublin Airport as 'Storm Rachel' gathers pace

Flights have been diverted to either Belfast or Manchester.

Updated at 3.59pm

SOME PLANES ARE being diverted away from Dublin Airport because of high winds.

The move comes as ‘Storm Rachel‘ continues to batter the country.

This afternoon Dublin Airport confirmed 20 aircraft have been diverted due to high winds.

A number of arrivals and departures at both Dublin and Cork airports have been delayed. Flights too and from Shannon are running more or less on time.

A spokesperson for Aer Lingus confirmed that six flights from the UK had to be diverted to Belfast today. This video shows an Aer Lingus plane coming into land and then abandoning its approach:

Source: Stephen Rutledge/YouTube

A plane from Brussels heading for Dublin had to be diverted to Manchester for refuelling

Prospective passenger are being advised to check the airline’s website for details of any flight changes.

flights A view of air traffic over Ireland at 4pm. Source: FlightRadar24

An ‘orange alert’ wind warning remains in effect for Dublin, the rest of the east coast and counties Monaghan, Roscommon, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Waterford.

The red warning that was in place for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo has now been downgraded to orange.

These strong winds are expected to continue at Dublin Airport for the coming hours. The ‘orange’ warning lasts until 6pm.

- With additional reporting by Michelle Hennessy.

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