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Public warned to be extra cautious as Storm Hannah makes her way across Ireland

Gardai, the AA and local authorities are appealing to the public to be extra cautious as severe winds are forecast this evening.

Storm Hanna is expected to hit the West Coast this afternoon with a Status Orange Wind Warning issued for counties Cork, Clare, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford.

County Wicklow has been included in a Status Yellow Wind Warning along with 15 other counties.

Cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians should be aware of the danger posed by high winds as they are particularly vulnerable. Drivers of high sided vehicles should take all necessary precautions and pay attention to the warnings.

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.

Forecast:

Wet for a time this morning with outbreaks of occasionally heavy rain, but drying out gradually, though staying mostly cloudy. Further outbreaks of rain will arrive from the southwest later this afternoon. Mostly moderate west to southwest winds will back southerly this evening, becoming strong to near gale and gusty over southern parts of the province with gales developing along the southeast coast. Top temperatures 9 to 12 degrees.

Tonight

Wet and increasingly windy tonight, especially over the southern half of the province with outbreaks of rain continuing. The rain will turn persistent and heavy overnight. Cyclonic variable winds, up to gale force in the southeast, will veer northwest overnight, increasing fresh to strong and gusty in all parts of the province, with gale force and gusty winds in southern parts.

Tomorrow

A wet and windy start to tomorrow Saturday with fresh to strong and gusty northwesterly winds. The rain will gradually clear out northeastwards in the morning and it will brighten up during the afternoon with sunny spells and isolated showers. Northwesterly winds will gradually moderate by evening. Highs of 9 or 12 degrees.

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