Storm Barra: Met Eireann issues orange warning for five counties; Status red marine warning for west coasts

Met Eireann has issued orange wind warning for five counties ahead of Storm Barra. The storm is expected to reach Ireland on Tuesday and will cause heavy rain and strong wind on the day through to the next.

The orange warning will come into effect from 6 AM Tuesday to 6 AM Wednesdayfor counties Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Galway.

The forecaster has said high tides, heavy rain and localized flooding will accompany Storm Barra, especially in west coastal areas.

And a status red marine warning has been issued from Mizen Head to Slyne Head with damaging winds expected on Tuesday.

“South winds, veering west to northwest will reach Violent Storm Force 11 during Tuesday on Irish coastal waters from Mizen Head to Loop Head to Slyne Head.” the forecaster said.

All road users have to take extra care and try to drive as slow as possible given that the visibility might be low. Use of lower head lights and hazard lamps are preferred.

Pedestrians and cyclists have to wear high visibility clothes while going out.

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