Parts of Donegal are already feeling the effects of Storm Brendan which is due to bring extreme winds and flooding to Ireland today.
The storm will bring stormy conditions, heavy rain, wind gusts of up to 130km/h and high seas to the country. A Status Orange alert is in place for Connacht, Donegal and Kerry until 9pm.
There is a significant risk of coastal flooding in the north west due to the combination of high spring tides and storm surge. Donegal County Council confirmed that “all council resources are at a heightened state of readiness in preparation for the incoming storm.”
Met Eireann forecasters are warning that winds could reach stronger levels than orange level around midday.
Forecaster Joanna Donnelly advised people to avoid any unnecessary journeys. Speaking on Morning Ireland, she said: “We have a status orange warning as you should know by now in operation for all areas.
“And a status red for marine areas so there will be coastal flooding and I believe some roads are closed.
“Now the winds may reach stronger levels than those orange levels for limited periods of time and at local levels as the heavy and convective line of rain goes through.
“We expect that line of rain to arrive on western coasts at 11am and it should reach eastern coasts by 1pm.
“So that’s a very fast moving line of very heavy rain and that’s when the extreme winds will be felt.”
Donegal County Council have activated their Severe Weather Assessment Team and are monitoring and reviewing the evolving situation.
The Pier Carpark in Donegal Town has been closed from 6pm on Sunday evening until 8.00am on Tuesday morning as a precaution to potential coastal flooding in Donegal Town.
Glenveagh National Park has been closed to the public today as a precaution.
AA Roadwatch is warning motorists to watch out for wind-blown debris on the roads, and give extra space to vulnerable road users like pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. Strong cross-winds may affect control of your vehicle so slow down. Only drive through standing water if you’re sure it’s not too deep for your car.
Particular caution is advised on the coasts: a Status Red Marine Warning for gales is in place for all coastal waters, with a significant risk of coastal flooding.Tags: