Ireland

High winds and potential coastal flooding as Storm Fergus sweeps Ireland

A person watching high waves in Doolin in County Clare on the west coast of Ireland (Niall Carson/PA)
A person watching high waves in Doolin in County Clare on the west coast of Ireland (Niall Carson/PA) A person watching high waves in Doolin in County Clare on the west coast of Ireland (Niall Carson/PA)

High winds and potential coastal flooding are expected on the west coast of Ireland as Storm Fergus sweeps across the island, Met Eireann has said.

Orange warnings for wind are in place for counties Clare, Galway and Mayo, indicating very strong onshore winds coupled with high waves and high tides.

Storm Fergus, the second named storm of the weekend, has also brought yellow warnings for wind in counties Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Cavan, Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Wicklow, Leitrim, Roscommon and Sligo.

Those counties can expect difficult travelling conditions caused by debris or displaced loose objects.

Met Eireann meteorologist Michelle Dillon said: “Strong to gale force south-west winds veering westerly will be developing through Sunday afternoon, evening and early Sunday night as Storm Fergus tracks eastwards across the country.

“Storm surge will lead to high seas and along with the stormy conditions there’s the possibility of coastal flooding along parts of the west coast, particularly at high tide.”

Winter weather Dec 9th 2023
Winter weather Dec 9th 2023 Waves crashing against the shore at Doolin in County Clare (Niall Carson/PA)

The UK Met Office has also put in place some yellow weather warning in parts of Scotland and northern England, but no warnings for Northern Ireland have been issued.

Met Office chief meteorologist Andy Page said Storm Fergus will conclude what has been an “unsettled weekend of weather for the UK”.

“Fergus will bring some strong winds and heavy rain for a time late on Sunday and into the early hours of Monday morning,” he said.

“While the strongest gusts are expected in the Republic of Ireland, Storm Fergus will bring some windy conditions to western areas, including Irish Sea coasts, while also bringing some potentially impactful rain.”