By Dan Walsh
Storm Ellen will produce severe impacts in places this evening and tonight. A cloudy day, with outbreaks of rain. Patches of mist will develop on hills and in coastal areas. The rain will gradually clear later this afternoon, with another band of heavy rain spreading from the south in the evening. Easterly winds will be moderate to fresh and gusty this afternoon but veering south-easterly and becoming very strong and gusty later in the evening as Storm Ellen approaches, with gales developing. Highest temperatures of 17 to 19 degrees.
TONIGHT; Very windy or stormy tonight as Storm Ellen moves northwards across the country. Some damaging gusts are possible, especially in coastal areas and caution is advised. There will be a spell of heavy rain overnight also, with a risk of flooding in places. The rain will clear to the north towards dawn. Lowest temperatures of 11 to 14 degrees.
TOMORROW; Thursday will be a very windy day with sunny spells and some heavy, thundery showers developing. Fresh to strong and gusty southerly winds may reach gale force in Coastal areas. Highest temperatures of 17 to 19 degrees. (SOURCE ; MET ÉIREANN Regional Forecast – LEINSTER).
Storm Ellen will track over Ireland on Wednesday night and during Thursday bringing a period of severe and potentially damaging winds. It will also be associated with heavy rain bringing a risk of flooding.
Due to the combination of storm surge, spring tides and onshore winds there is a potential risk of coastal flooding.
Take extra care, check local weather and traffic conditions before setting out on a trip. High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds.
Motorist should be aware that there may be a possibility of localised flooding – check your local forecast!
REMEMBER; People who are holidaying or camping near coastal areas are advised to keep safe and monitor local weather forecasts / conditions. Stay away from all coastal areas for the duration of the Met Éireann warnings.
Check and secure items which may be blown away, including garden furniture and street furniture.
Motorists should be aware of local flooding and exercise greater care on roads and should slow down and be aware of the dangers of fallen trees and debris, especially high sided vehicles.
Keep a sharp lookout for pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users.
Please keep safe and the best advice is to STAY AT HOME and only travel if it is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY until the storm conditions have passed!