As Storm Hannah makes its way towards Irish shores, the public have been warned of the possibility that weather warnings in place have the potential be upgraded to Status Red.
A status yellow wind warning has been issued for Connacht, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Wexford, Wicklow, Offaly, Donegal, Tipperary and Waterford, with Met Éireann warning of the potential for worse conditions than expected. A status orange warning remains in place for counties Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford, until early Saturday morning, April 27.
According to Cathal Nolan of Midlands, the storm is expected to strengthen further this evening. Winds are forecast to reach as high as Storm Force 10 along Atlantic coastal areas, with “Violent Storm Force 11” winds expected in southern coastal areas. Wind speeds here will vary from 110-140km/hr.
In the Midlands and parts of Connacht, conditions be gusty with wind speeds varying from 100-110km/hr. There is also a risk of wind speeds increasing to 120km/hr in coastal regions. The Midlands Weather Channel warns of the possibility of power disruptions between 5pm, April 26, and 2am Saturday morning.
In light of Storm Hannah, an Garda Síochána have appealed to the public to be extra cautious as severe winds are forecast this evening, Friday, April 26.
They have urged cyclists, motorists and pedestrians to be aware of the risks posed by increasing winds and urged drivers of high sided vehicles to take all the necessary precautions.
“We ask people living near coastal, cliff and waterway areas, particularly those with children, to be extra cautious considering the gusty winds forecast. Please heed the Met Éireann warnings and be aware of local prevailing weather conditions. Updates will be provided on the Garda website and social media accounts.” they urged.