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Orange warnings as Storm Aiden to bring gusts of 130km/h

System associated with Storm Aiden to pass over Ireland
System associated with Storm Aiden to pass over Ireland

A weather system associated with Storm Aiden is expected to bring strong winds and gusts of up to 130km/h in places as Met Éireann issues a series of weather warnings.

A Status Orange wind warning will come into effect at 5am tomorrow for Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, Cork, Kerry and Waterford and remain in place until 10am. 

Winds associated with Storm Aiden will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80km/h, with severe and damaging gusts of 100 to 130km/h. 

A separate Status Orange wind warning for Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Clare will be in place from 8am to 4pm tomorrow.

Meanwhile, a Status Yellow wind warning for the entire country will be in place from 1am tonight until 4pm tomorrow, with severe and possibly damaging gusts in some areas.

Liz Walsh of Met Éireann said the storm is moving through the Atlantic Ocean and will give "a sideswipe" to Ireland over Connacht and Ulster before moving northwest towards Scotland later tomorrow.

On RTÉ's News at One, she said there is a possibility that trees will be brought down and advised people to take care when outdoors, especially those driving high-sided vehicles.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is asking motorists to exercise caution while using the roads over the weekend.

Drivers are being warned that on top of recent heavy rainfall and severe winds this has the potential to make conditions even more hazardous.

The RSA advised: "Drivers need to slow down and leave a bigger space between themselves and the vehicle in front in wet weather conditions.

"This is especially important on high-speed roads such as dual carriageways and motorways where there is increased danger of aquaplaning."

Gardaí are advising the public to avoid all unnecessary travel in counties affected by the orange weather warnings.

They are also asking people to remove or secure patio furniture, rubbish bins and any loose items from around buildings.

Risk of flooding in Cork city

Cork City Council is warning of flooding in parts of the city centre at high tide tomorrow morning.

It said following Met Éireann's issuing of a Status Orange wind warning for Cork and the associated predicted tidal storm surge, roads and parking areas along Morrison's Quay, Fr Matthew Quay, Trinity Bridge, South Terrace, Union Quay, Sharman Crawford Street, Wandesford Quay, Frenche’s Quay, Proby’s Quay, Crosses Green, Lavitt’s Quay, Kyrl’s Quay could be impacted.

Traffic restrictions may be in put place at these locations.

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