Storm force winds set to batter Wicklow as Storm Barney sweeps in

Wicklow and Dublin are set to be battered by strong winds as Storm Barney is set to sweep across the country this afternoon.

The storm, which is the second of the season, is set to bring winds of up to 130 km per hour to some parts of the county and there is also likely to be some violent storm force gusts in exposed areas.

According to Wicklow Weather latest data brings Wicklow and Dublin into the strongest wind field later this afternoon and this evening as the storm hits the country.

Motorists are advised to exercise caution during the evening as fallen trees are likely to be a problem, especially as many have been weakened following last weeks storm.

Power outages, spot flooding, and structural damage is also likely and members of the public have been asked to stay indoors where possible during the storm.

Commuters are also advised to expect cancellations and diversions to Irish airports. High sides vehicles should travel with caution.  While members of the public are advised not to approach piers, cliffs and headlands.

Met Eireann has issued a status orange warning for Wicklow, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Clare and Limerick.

A spokesperson for them said : “We are getting the front end of Storm Barney and its affecting mostly the southern half of the country.

“The winds will peak in early afternoon with the southern counties definitely feeling it.”

 

 

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