Two storms hitting Ireland this week as multiple weather warnings announced
Warnings are in place across the country.
Weather warnings have been issued across the country this week as Ireland is set to be battered by two different storms.
Storm Dudley is expected to make its appearance on Wednesday while Storm Eunice is landing on Irish shores on Friday.
Both storms are set to bring strong winds along with them as Met Éireann has issued some weather alerts in preparation for the damage they could cause.
Storm Dudley is looking to bring wind speeds between 65 and 80km/h and damaging gusts of 100 to 130km/h, and it is expected to be the worst on exposed coasts and high ground.
A Status Orange wind warning for Donegal is coming into effect on Wednesday at 9pm and will remain until 9am on Thursday.
A Status Yellow wind warning is in place for the rest of the country, coming on at midday on Wednesday and remaining for a 24 hour period.
The national forecaster has said that the country is in for "a very unsettled week ahead with the weather expected to cause some disruption at times."
It’s a quiet start to the week but our weather will turn much more unsettled by mid-week as #StormDudley brings strong winds on Wednesday and #StormEunice brings further strong winds along with heavy rain and possibly snow.🍃🌧️❄️
⚠️ Warnings in place https://t.co/nuE5J69XbV pic.twitter.com/S3gAeDTxC8
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) February 14, 2022
The Met office in the UK has also issued an amber warning for Antrim and Derry, with a yellow warning in place for all of Northern Ireland.
There is also warnings of some coastal flooding in areas due to a combination of high tide and strong winds. Sleet showers and snow flurries can also be expected.
"It's been a fairly quiet year so far but that's all going to change this week as an active jet stream steers several low-pressure systems across Ireland and the UK," said Emer Flood, Met Éireann meteorologist told the Irish Examiner.
“On Wednesday, Storm Dudley will bring strong winds to mainly northern and western areas, these strong winds in combination with high tides will lead to large coastal waves and some coastal flooding.
"Along with strong winds, Eunice is expected to bring spells of heavy rain and potentially some snow."
The Road Safety Authority is also urging road users in orange warning zones to check local traffic and weather conditions before setting out on a journey.