Storm Lorenzo Will Bring High Winds and Heavy Rainfall

Storm Lorenzo will bring high winds and heavy rainfall likely to cause flooding, power outages, fallen trees and damage to property when it arrives in Ireland tomorrow afternoon.

A status orange wind warning has been issued for six counties and a status yellow warning nationwide between tomorrow evening and Friday morning, when Storm Lorenzo is expected to make landfall.

The orange warning for Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick will be in place from 6pm tomorrow to 3am on Friday.

Met Éireann said southwesterly winds veering westerly will reach mean speeds 65 to 80km/h, with gusts generally of 100-130km/h, higher in coastal regions.

Storm surges will produce coastal flooding and damage, it said.

Meanwhile, two status yellow warnings were issued nationwide to come into effect during the storm. A yellow wind warning will be in place from 9am tomorrow until 6am on Friday.

A yellow rainfall warning for Ireland will be in place between 9am tomorrow and 9am on Friday.

Met Éireann said spells of heavy rain, in excess of 50mm in parts of the west and north west, will result in flooding.

The forecaster said the impact of the storm would differ from area to area and that people should adhere to the advice of their local authorities.

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy has said Storm Lorenzo will have an "unpredictable impact" on Ireland, but flooding and power outages will be likely.

Mr Murphy was speaking after today's meeting of the National Emergency Co-ordination Group in Dublin, at which preparations for the storm were discussed.

He said the weather conditions will have a different impact in different parts of the country and the crisis teams are on standby to deal with any situation that may arise as a result of the wind and rain.

The Irish Coast Guard and the RNLI have warned the public to take care while outdoors and along the coastline during the storm.

In a joint statement, they said: "Leisure craft users are also being advised to avoid any unnecessary marine activity.

"In addition, walkers are advised to avoid any exposed areas, including seafront walkways, as they may be hit by sudden gusts exposing themselves to unnecessary danger."


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