Weather Warning: Storm Eleanor on her way this afternoon

Met Éireann has issued a storm warning for this afternoon. Inset: They know; crows fussing and gathering ahead of the forecast storms. ©Photographs: John Reidy
Met Éireann has issued a storm warning for this afternoon. Inset: They know; crows fussing and gathering this morning ahead of the forecast storms. ©Photographs: John Reidy

Status Orange Weather Warning: A Wind Warning for Munster, Leinster and South Galway has been issues by Met Éireann:

Storm Eleanor will move in off the Atlantic later this afternoon and will move very quickly across the country this evening.

Southwest to west winds of mean speeds 65 to 80 km/h, gusting to 110 to 130 km/h., are expected.
Very high seas along Atlantic coasts, with a risk of coastal flooding also.

Issued: Tuesday 02 January 2018 05:03

Valid: Tuesday 02 January 2018 16:00 to Tuesday 02 January 2018 21:00

Met Éireann explains the reasons for issuing its coded weather warnings.

Weather Warnings are presented in three categories:

STATUS YELLOW – Weather Alert – Be Aware
The concept behind YELLOW level weather alerts is to notify those who are at risk because of their location and/or activity, and to allow them to take preventative action. It is implicit that YELLOW level weather alerts are for weather conditions that do not pose an immediate threat to the general population, but only to those exposed to risk by nature of their location and/or activity.

STATUS ORANGE – Weather Warning – Be Prepared
This category of ORANGE level weather warnings is for weather conditions which have the capacity to impact significantly on people in the affected areas. The issue of an Orange level weather warning implies that all recipients in the affected areas should prepare themselves in an appropriate way for the anticipated conditions.

STATUS RED – Severe Weather Warning – Take Action
The issue of RED level severe weather warnings should be a comparatively rare event and implies that recipients take action to protect themselves and/or their properties; this could be by moving their families out of the danger zone temporarily; by staying indoors; or by other specific actions aimed at mitigating the effects of the weather conditions.


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