'Damaging gusts': Met Eireann issues status orange wind alert for Limerick

Frederick Owens
January 2, 2018

The storm, named Eleanor under the Met Éireann / UK Met Office storm naming system, will move in off the Atlantic later this afternoon and will move very quickly across the country this evening.

Paul Gundersen, Met Office chief forecaster, said: "The unsettle theme continues throughout this week, with further spells of rain moving across the United Kingdom from the west as many return to work on Tuesday and there will again be some snow over the high ground in Scotland".

A yellow "be aware" warning has been issued by the Met Office for south-west Scotland, Lothian and Borders, Strathclyde, Central, Tayside and Fife.

The wind warning is for Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Louth, Wicklow, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath, South Galway, Clare, Limerick and Tipperary. Lowest temperatures will be between 3 and 5 degrees and there'll be further showers along the western coastal areas too, elsewhere will be drier with clear spells.

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The Environment Agency warned that strong winds and high tides could also bring coastal flooding from Tuesday until Thursday.

It also comes into effect at 4pm Tuesday as west to southwest winds of average speeds of 55 to 65 km/h and gusts of 90 to 110 km/h are expected nationwide thanks to Storm Eleanor.

A second alert has been issued until late on Wednesday evening with much of England and Wales braced for some very turbulent conditions.

Friday and the weekend will be cold as northerly winds become established during Friday.

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