Heavy wind and rain on the way as Storm Brian approaches

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Wicklow Weather has upgraded their earlier advisory to a warning as Storm Brian is set to bring heavy wind and rain nationwide.

The system is set to hit Ireland on Friday night and Saturday, and while it won’t be as bad as Ophelia, it could still lead to disruption for many parts.

Wicklow Weather earlier today said that the main concern at present is softened soils due to heavy rains in combination with weakened root systems on trees, which could lead to further hazards over the course of Saturday.

The Aughrim based forecaster have also warned that flooding is likely due to heavy precipitation within the storm system.

Coastal flooding is also likely during high tide and winds could reach 130 kmh in places.

“We expect winds to reach storm force to violent storm force along the Connacht coast with gusts in excess of 125kmh with a risk of storm surges along our western, southern and south eastern seaboard,

“Elsewhere we expect winds gusting 80kmh to 110kmh. Please stay up to date with local and national weather forecasts between now and Saturday.

“We would advise members of the public to avoid all upland hills and mountains and to also say away from all coastal locations.”

Earlier today, Met Eireann issued a status orange warning for Mayo, Galway, Clare, Kerry, Waterford and Wexford.

A status yellow warning is in place for the rest of the country.

Keep up to date with storm Brian here

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