Storm Ali lashing the country with 120km/hr gusts and heavy downpours

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Storm Ali lashing the country with 120km/hr gusts and heavy downpours
5:00 Wednesday 19th of September 2018

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The first named storm of the season is expected to bring persistent rain and powerful winds as it tracks along the west and northwest coast from early today until late afternoon.

The KIldare Co Council Severe Weather Assessment Team convened at 3pm yesterday to discuss the potential implications and impact of Storm Ali.

Met Eireann are warning that this storm has the potential for damaging gusts.

Storm Ali is not expected to weaken as it tracks across the country.

The Council said: "The public are advised to exercise due caution in terms of ensuring that items of property prone to movement and/or damage are stabilised or moved to a safe location."

"Kildare County Council road crews are on standby and equipped to react to any incidents caused by Storm Ali when it is safe for our employees to do so."

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Met Éireann issued a Orange Status warning, the second highest of the three warning categories, for counties Kildare, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Dublin,  Louth, Meath, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare and Kerry.

A Status Yellow wind warning is in place for the rest of the country.

The warnings came into force at 5am with winds of 65km/h-80 km/h, and gusts are expected to rise to between 110km/h and 120km/h in some areas.

Winds will be strongest along Atlantic coasts. The warning applies until late afternoon today.

Storm Ali has delayed the start of day two of the National Ploughing Championships on Wednesday.

The second day of the event won’t kick off until 11am having been due to start at 9am – but the site at Screggan will remain open for an extra hour in the evening until 7pm.

AA director of consumer affairs Conor Faughnan said: "AA Ireland is calling on drivers in the affected counties to adapt their driving to suit the weather conditions and to be on the lookout for vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians as visibility could be reduced during heavy rain.

"The expectation with this storm, according to Met Eireann, is that we will have a large volume of rainfall in quite a short space of time, meaning that the risk of flooding in the affected areas is quite high.

"When you combine this with the lengthy, mostly dry spell of weather we've had recently, motorists can expect roads in the affected areas to be significantly more slippery.

"This means that slowing down and allowing extra distance between yourself and other road users, especially vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians, will be vital."

Dublin Airport is urging passengers to check with their airlines as to whether flights are going ahead.

They tweeted: “Forecast high winds due to #StormAli will have an impact on the flight schedule tomorrow. Please check with your airline before coming to the airport.”

And Shannon Airport bosses added: “If you’re planning on travelling from Shannon Airport early tomorrow morning, please check your flight status with your airline before making your way to the airport.”

Cork Airport authorities are also telling customers to double check their flight status tomorrow morning.

They tweeted: “[email protected] is forecasting gale force winds off the Atlantic coast overnight due to #StormAli which may impact on flight schedules @CorkAirport. Please check your flight status with your airline before coming to the airport in the morning.”

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