Wicklow handed status yellow warning for Storm Lorenzo

County Wicklow is among an influx of 20 counties to be handed a status yellow rain and wind warning by Met Eireann for the impending arrival of Storm Lorenzo on Thursday.

The yellow wind warning will be in place from 9am on Thursday morning until 6am Friday morning.

Met Eireann have warned that southwesterly winds could reach a mean speed of 65 to 80 km/h, with initial gusts ranging from 100 to 130 km/h. Greater wind speeds remain a possibility in coastal areas.

The yellow rainfall warning will remain active in the 24 hour period between 9am on Thursday and Friday. Flooding in coastal areas are likely, with 50mm of rain expected to fall in parts of the country.

Met Eireann have said that the impact of the storm will vary from area to area, urging people to follow the advice of local authorities and take all necessary precautions.

Six counties along Ireland’s west coast, Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick, have been given an orange warning, the second highest available. This will remain active from 6am Thursday morning to 3am on Friday.

Wicklow natives who have plans to travel to these areas, or are currently situated, are urged to take all necessary precautions and monitor local authority news feeds on a regular basis.

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