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Courtesy of Ireland’s Weather Channel
⚠️RED WEATHER WARNINGS TO BE EXTENDED

⚠️WINDS OF 175km/h IN MUNSTER & SOUTH LEINSTER

⚠️SIGNIFICANT DISRUPTION LIKELY

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A Status Red Weather Warning is in place across Cork for violent winds later tonight and into the early hours of tomorrow morning, with Orange Level Weather Warnings in place across the rest of Munster and into parts of west Connacht. However, a Status Red Weather Warning is likely to be extended to counties Waterford, Wexford, Tipperary, Carlow and Kilkenny as the focus of the storm shifts a little more to the east than some have anticipated.

Storm Ellen has the potential to be one of the strongest storms in decades due to its intensity and the time of year in which this storm is impacting Ireland. Winds of up to 180 km/h are possible in Cork, Waterford and Wexford, with windspeed’s through inland South Munster and South Leinster possibly reaching between 140-160 km/h. Winds of this magnitude are likely to cause widespread damages to electrical supplies, transport services and the likelihood also of some structural damage to buildings.

Heavy thundery rain will also accompany Storm Ellen with a risk of rainfall totals in excess of 50-80 mm possible across mountainous areas of Munster and Southeast Leinster. Further flooding is also likely as a result of high astronomical tides combined with Storm Force onshore winds. Cities such as Cork and Waterford in particular are likely to experience some coastal flooding, with traffic restrictions already in place here as of this afternoon. The heavy rain will persist for a time tomorrow and into Friday also with a continued risk of flooding.

Please take note of the weather warnings and don’t venture out during the peak time of the storm which is expected to commence across the south shortly after 10-11pm and conclude between 7-8 am tomorrow morning. This storm has the potentially to be one of the most economically costly storms ever to strike Ireland and socially we must be responsible and not our lives or the lives of emergency service personal at risk.

Take care wherever you are tonight and stay up to date with the latest weather warnings.

If you have any questions regarding Storm Ellen then please feel free to message the page, email me at cathalgnolan@gmail.com or WhatsApp me on 0879723300.

With kindest regards,

Cathal Nolan