Be careful out there this morning.
Met Éireann is warning that Storm Brendan will hit Cork today, bringing extreme winds and heavy rain, with gusts of 100km/h reported at Sherkin Island.
A Status Orange weather warning is currently in force for all counties with status Red warnings, signifying ‘rare and very dangerous weather conditions from intense meteorological phenomena’ in operation for marine areas.
“Stronger levels may be reached locally and for limited time periods during the period between 11am and 2pm, particularly along the south coast.” reports the national forecaster.
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“Gale force southerly winds will extend countrywide during the morning, with severe and damaging gusts. Heavy rain will extend from the Atlantic, thundery at times. There will be coastal flooding due to a combination of onshore winds, spring tides and storm surge.”
Cork County Council expects the main impact from Storm Brendan to include fallen trees, possible structural damage from high winds and coastal flooding caused by the storm surge.
Road users have been urged to be aware of the danger posed by high winds and be conscious of cyclists and pedestrians.
Clearer conditions, with showers of rain and hail, will follow from the west during the early afternoon, with the ongoing risk of thunder as winds veer southwesterly and ease somewhat, although it will remain windy with stormy conditions persisting on coasts.
Highest temperatures will remain between seven and ten degrees today, plunging as low as one or two degrees tonight.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, will be chilly with temperatures of between three and five degrees, cloudy conditions and persistent spells of rain.
Motorists are advised to report issues such as fallen trees and road damage to their local Council office during working hours or to call the emergency number (021) 4800048 outside of normal office hours 9am to 5pm.