Winds of up to 110 kms per hour buffet the country

LATEST: Storm Gareth is bringing high winds and dangerous gusts around the country this evening.

An orange warning is in effect for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo until 9am tomorrow, with Met Éireann also warning of a risk of coastal flooding due to high seas.

A yellow alert is in place for the rest of the country until midday tomorrow.

Met Éireann meteorologist Liz Gavin said: "There will be very strong winds...We'll see mean speeds of 50 to 65 kms per hour, and gusts of 90kms to 110kms per hour across the country. The strongest winds will be in the north and north west." She said people driving home this evening should be alert to the strong likelihood of strong gusts.

Winds of up to 110 kms per hour buffet the country

Earlier: Status orange wind warning for three counties as Storm Gareth approaches

A status Orange wind warning's in place for Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo, and Sligo from midday.

Storm Gareth is expected to bring wind speeds of 65-to-75 kilometers-per-hour with damaging gusts reaching up to 130 kilometers-per-hour.

Weather experts have also issued a Status Yellow wind warning for the rest of the country as the storm moves in.

The yellow alert reads: "Westerly winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65km/h and gusts of 90 to 110km/h.

There is also the risk of coastal flooding due to high seas.

Winds of up to 110 kms per hour buffet the country

The Status Yellow alert came into effect at 12pm today and will last 24 hours.

Drivers are being advised to take extra care on the roads this morning.

Vincent O'Shea, meteorologist with Met Eireann, says the strongest winds will be later this afternoon.

Ahead of Storm Gareth, AA Ireland is advising motorists across the country to exercise additional caution when driving.

They said motorists should be on the lookout for vulnerable road users who could be blown off course and for fallen trees which could cause significant damage.

    Tips on how to adapt your driving during strong winds:

  • Keep both hands on the wheel.
  • Be ready for stronger winds and gusts on exposed stretches of road or when passing high-sided vehicles. For example, during strong gusts it can take up to 170metres to bring your car to a complete halt if driving at 120km/h, the current speed limit on a motorway.
  • Keep your speed down, not only will this give you more time to react if anything happens on the road ahead of you, but it will also make it less likely for your car to be blown off course by strong gusts.
  • Take care and leave extra room around cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists. These road users are particularly exposed to the elements and at a greater risk of being blown off course. Avoid overtaking them where possible but if you must be sure to allow extra distance.
  • Allow extra stopping distance between you and the car in front of you and exercise addition caution when overtaking, especially when passing high-sided vehicles and caravans.
  • Watch out for debris on the road. Coming across twigs or small branches on the road could indicate that a tree or large branch has fallen on the road ahead of you. Similarly, partially fallen trees can hang above the sweep of your headlights. This can make them more difficult to spot when driving at night.
  • In the days immediately following strong winds, some trees which were weakened by the gusts could fall so it’s important to be vigilant even after the winds have eased.
  • Plan your journey carefully, checking weather and AA Roadwatch updates regularly.


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