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Dublin: 10 °C Wednesday 24 April, 2019
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Orange alert: Coastal flood warning as 130km winds set to sweep country

The strong winds, combined with high seas and waves, are expected to cause problems in coastal areas — particularly tomorrow afternoon.

Updated at 9.13pm

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Map showing he expected swell off the Atlantic coast at noon tomorrow. More details here. [Image: Magic Seaweed]

MET ÉIREANN HAS issued an ‘orange alert’ weather warning for the West, North-west and Co Kerry. Strong winds are set to combine with high seas between this afternoon and Monday morning, leading to an increased risk of flooding, especially in coastal areas.

The weather service is warning of “extremely windy, blustery conditions at times during the rest of the weekend, with winds gusting between 100 and 130 km/h at times — highest in coastal areas”.

Met Éireann says the conditions will be exacerbated by high seas and waves, with Sunday afternoon and Sunday night the forecast danger times.

“Occasional heavy, squally, thundery downpours of rain,” are expected too.

The ‘orange alert’ wind warning covers Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Kerry and Limerick.

A ‘status yellow’ warning is in place for Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Roscommon, Cork, Tipperary and Waterford.

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The wind picture for Ireland at midday tomorrow [Image: Magic Seaweed]

The Irish Coast Guard has issued an advisory that those on exposed coasts should take note of the forecast for their area.

People are being urged by the coast guard to stay away from “exposed coasts, cliffs, piers, harbour walls, beaches, promenades or any other coastal areas during the inclement weather”.

According to a statement from the service:

If you do see someone in difficulty in the sea, on the shore, cliffs, lakes or rivers dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.

High tide for Galway tomorrow afternoon is at 12.42pm — tide times for the rest of the affected area can be checked here.

It’ll also be cold tomorrow — conditions will start off mild at dawn, before dropping off, with afternoon temperatures of between 3 and 6 degrees expected.

First posted at 1pm.

Pictures: More flooding in Galway, Cork & Waterford as stormy weather continues

Read: Search & rescue crew distraught after storm causes ‘tens of thousands’ in damage to centre

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