Clare County Council is warning the public to remain indoors where possible this afternoon (Tuesday) due to forecast strong winds.
Met Éireann has issued an Orange Alert for Clare, the second highest level of alert that the agency can issue. From midday mean west to southwest winds of 60-75km/hr, with gusts of up to 120km/hr, are forecast.
The storm, named Barney under the new Met Éireann / UK Met Office storm naming system, will peak during Tuesday afternoon and will abate slowly during the late evening.
Paul Moroney, senior engineer, Clare County Council said, “High winds are forecast later today over the south western and western fringes of the country. Met Éireann have issued an orange weather warning which covers County Clare during this weather event. County Clare is likely to be affected to a greater extent than most other areas with the impact extending for a considerable distance inland through the afternoon.”
“Wind strengths could average up to 75km/hour with gusts of up to 120km/hour. The wind direction may also vary.The advice is to defer any planned road journeys during this period unless necessary and to take whatever precautions or measures are normally appropriate during such weather conditions. In particular take care in coastal and exposed areas,” said Mr. Moroney.
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