Batten down the hatches.
A Status Orange – Wind warning for Munster, Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, and Connacht kicks in at 5pm today, Sunday, as Storm Isha brings very strong southwest winds with severe and damaging gusts.
A Met Éireann Status Yellow Weather Warning is currently in place for the entire country, with most parts of Ireland experiencing high winds last night and early this morning.
Tonight the winds will increase again, with forecasters warning of large coastal waves with wave overtopping, very difficult travelling conditions, fallen trees and damage to power lines.
The Status Orange alert will remain in place from 5pm on Sunday to 2am on Monday.
#StormIsha bringing very strong, severe and damaging wind gusts tomorrow & into Monday.
• Large coastal waves with wave overtopping
• Very difficult travelling conditions
• Fallen trees
• Damage to power lines
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) January 21, 2024
The Cork City Council’s Severe Weather Assessment Team met on Saturday afternoon.
Director of Operations, David Joyce said the public and business community are advised to secure any outdoor furniture or equipment in gardens or on sites in advance of the storm. Road users have been asked to slow down.
“Motorists are also asked to be aware of pedestrians and cyclists also using the roads”. added Joyce.
“People travelling on Monday morning are also reminded to be alert to possible debris and spot flooding,” he said.