Kerry County Council has asked members of the public to exercise caution over the next 36 hours as the county is subject to two weather warnings associated with Storm Brian.
A Status Orange warning for wind is in place for Kerry from 3am to 6pm on Saturday with winds of 65 to 80kmh and gusts of 110-130kmh expected primarily in coastal parts of the county.
Meanwhile, a Status Yellow warning for rain is in place from 9am today until 9pm on Saturday with accumulations of up to 50mm expected in places particularly overnight tonight.
Kerry County Council’s Weather Assessment Team met this morning and has issued the following advice and information:
People are asked to exercise caution in coastal areas in particular where wind speeds are expected to be highest.
Motorists and road users should exercise caution particularly as trees and branches may have become loosened during last Monday’s storm and may be still be vulnerable to high winds
Sandbags in Place
Sandbags are in place since last Monday’s weather event and will be deployed if necessary though very high volumes of rainfall are not anticipated
Kerry County Council’s emergency line is available at 066 7183588 in the event that anyone is in difficulty and requires assistance over the weekend
The Council will provide updates and further information on its social media channels, through the local media and on its alerts website www.alerts.kerrycoco.ie
The Met Éireann General Forecast is as Follows:
Today will start out dry and clear with light winds. Cloud will thicken this morning in the southwest and heavy rain, accompanied by strengthening southeast winds, will arrive before noon. The strong winds and rain, associated with Storm Brian, will spread quickly through the afternoon to all areas. Highest temperatures 11 to 15 degrees.
Tonight the rain will clear to heavy showers with a risk of thunder. The winds will veer to the southwest overnight, becoming variable in direction as the eye of the storm passes over the country, before further veering west to northwest by the morning. On the southwest and south coasts the west to northwest winds will reach storm force. Lowest temperatures 7 to 10 degrees.
On Saturday morning west to northwest winds will reach storm force along coasts of the west and south, winds over land will be strong and gusty and will peak in the afternoon. The strong winds will be accompanied by heavy showers with a risk of thunder. Highest temperatures 12 or 13 degrees.
Showers will become mostly confined to western and northern coasts on Saturday night and a lot of areas will be dry. Strong northwesterly winds will gradually ease overnight and become westerly in direction. Lowest temperatures overnight will be 7 or 8 degrees.
There’ll be sunny spells and scattered showers for much of Sunday, but later in the day a spell of persistent rain will sweep through the country, turning heavy for a time.
Temperatures will be between 12 and 14 degrees and moderate, occasionally fresh, southwest winds will back southwest to south.
Sunday night will become mostly dry as the last of the showery rain clears eastwards.
Any lingering rain will clear on Monday morning and there’ll be scattered showers, mostly on coasts.
Temperatures will range between 14 degrees in the north to 17 degrees on the south coast and winds will be moderate southerly, veering southwesterly with the clearing rain.
Continuing unsettled for Tuesday with another spell of rain and moderate to fresh southwest winds.
Winds remain mostly southwesterly or variable through the extended outlook period also with further spells of rain at times.
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