It’s not autumn until we get our first named storm.
And bang on schedule, Storm Agnes, the first storm of the season officially named by the UK Met office, is headed in our direction.
Two weather warnings have been issued for Cork over the coming 24 hours, both of which may be upgraded in the coming hours depending on how the storm tracks.
A Status Yellow – Wind warning in place for Munster and Leinster kicks in at 7am on Wednesday morning and will remain in place until midnight on Thursday.
Met Éireann forecasters say conditions will become “very windy on Wednesday with very strong and gusty southerly winds, veering westerly later on.”
#StormAgnes has been named by the UK Met office for Wednesday. It is the first named storm of the season.
At the moment we have yellow wind & rain warnings in place.🍃🌧️
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) September 25, 2023
Potential impacts include coastal flooding, difficult travel conditions, power outages and dangerous fallen trees.
A Status Yellow – Rain warning is also in place for Cork, Carlow, Dublin, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, Kerry, and Waterford with heavy rain expected all day on Wednesday.
Motorists are advised that travel conditions will be difficult with localised flooding and poor visibility likely.
“Wednesday will be wet and very windy with outbreaks of heavy rain and with the likelihood of some spot flooding.” said a forecaster.
“Becoming extremely windy or stormy by lunchtime with the potential for severe and damaging gusts.
“Strong onshore winds and high seas will bring the risk of coastal flooding. Highest temperatures of 15 to 17 degrees with strong to gale force southeast winds, veering westerly later in the day.”
Storm Agnes is expected to clear away towards Scotland on Wednesday night but it will remain rather unsettled for the remainder of the week.