Donegal on Red Alert: What does a Status Red warning actually mean?
In the last hour Mét Éireamm has issued a nationwide Status Red weather warning. Mét Éireann has detailed criteria for the issuing of Status Red weather warnings.
The issue of Red level severe weather warnings should "be a comparatively rare event and implies that recipients take action to protect themselves and/or their properties; this could be by moving their families out of the danger zone temporarily; by staying indoors; or by other specific actions aimed at mitigating the effects of the weather conditions".
The criteria for a Status Red wind warning is:
Mean Speeds in excess of 80 km/h
Gusts Speeds in excess of 130 km/h