WEATHER ALERT

Gardaí issue warnings as Storm Gareth makes its presence felt in Donegal

Batten down the hatches

Michelle NicPhaidin

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Michelle NicPhaidin

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Status orange weather warning for Donegal as Storm Garth approaches

Met Éireann has issued an orange weather alert for Donegal as storm Gareth makes its presence felt here in Donegal.

Damaging gusts of up to 130km/h are being forecast for the county today.

A status orange wind warning comes into effect for Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo from midday. 

Westerly winds will reach mean speeds of 65 to 75km/h. There is also the risk of coastal flooding due to high seas.

The warning is valid from Tuesday, March 12 noon until Wednesday morning at 9am.

Vigilance

Gardaí are advising motorists to be on the lookout for fallen debris including branches and other obstructions when driving today.

Fallen trees may be an issue. If you find your way obstructed by a fallen tree please report it so appropriate action may be taken and advisory warnings issued to other motorists.

Strong gusts of wind during Storm Gareth may make driving conditions hazardous, especially for trucks or buses. Caution is advised in exposed areas. Car drivers may find themselves impacted by strong winds. Gardaí are advising people not to make any unnecessary journeys during the storm.

AA Roadwatch has also urged motorists to be careful.

Donegal County Council

Donegal County council are urging homeowners and businesses to secure your properties and belongings and take extra care.

Emergencey numbers are: during normal business hours 074 91 53900, for out-of-hours emergency contact 074 91 72288 and you may contact Irish Water at 1850 278 278.