Donegal residents are being warned to brace themselves for a stormy day with high winds and coastal flooding risks.
A Status Orange Wing Warning for Donegal and Mayo has been extended from 7am to 12noon today (Thursday).
Met Eireann has forecast wind speeds of 60 to 75km/h with gusts of 100 to 120km/h, strongest in coastal areas.
Due to a combination of waves, spring tides and surge, the possibility of coastal flooding is increased.
Very windy in places today, with stormy conditions in parts of Donegal and west Mayo for a time this morning, with the risk of coastal flooding. Any frost, ice and lying sleet will soon clear to sunny spells and showers. The showers will become widespread again today. pic.twitter.com/R2G2NkEHpt
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) March 12, 2020
Meanwhile, AA Roadwatch is advising motorists to watch out for wind-blown debris and give extra space to others on the roads – especially cyclists, pedestrians and high-sided vehicles, which are most likely to be blown off-course.
“Coastal flooding is also possible, so take care at the coasts. Never drive through standing water unless you’re sure it’s not too deep for your vehicle,” said the AA Roadwatch alert.