Storm Eunice to become 'weather bomb' overnight before battering Ireland
A Met Éireann meteorologist has said Storm Eunice will become a 'weather bomb' in the Atlantic overnight before making landfall in Ireland in the early hours of Friday.
Met Éireann meteorologist Bonnie Diamond described how the weather system is developing on Virgin Media television on Thursday evening, describing the sudden drop in pressure associated with Storm Eunice, a process known as a 'weather bomb.'
A number of counties have been hit with Status Red warnings from Met Éireann with strong winds, rain, sleet and snow expects to sweep across the country early on Friday.
A Status Red wind warning will be in place in Cork, Kerry and Clare from 3am to 8am on Friday morning. The same level of warning for wind will later comes into effect for Waterford from 7am to 11am.
Met Éireann said: "Storm Eunice will track quickly over Ireland tonight and Friday morning bringing severe and damaging winds. Southwest winds veering northwest will reach mean speeds in excess of 80 km/h with gusts in excess of 130 km/h. Some coastal flooding, especially at high tide."
The national forecaster has also placed a Status Orange wind warning on all of Munster, Galway, Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Offaly, Wexford and Wicklow. It will be in place from 3am to 11am on Friday.
In terms of snow, a Status Orange warning has been placed on Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon from 3am to 3pm on Friday. The rest of the country will be under a Status Yellow wind, rain and snow warning from 1am to 3pm on Friday.
Met Éireann's forecast for the Status Orange counties said: "Storm Eunice will bring heavy sleet and snow leading to blizzard-like conditions in parts with treacherous driving conditions."
Schools will be closed in counties under a red wind warning or orange snow warning on Friday.
Met Éireann does not expect to have to upgrade the warnings above overnight as Storm Eunice develops in the Atlantic. They have warned of major disruption and speaking on RTE News on Thursday evening, Met Éireann's Gerry Murphy reminded people in counties under a red warning not to go outdoors during the warning period.
People in orange warnings should only take journeys that are absolutely necessary while people in all counties should exercise extreme caution.
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