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Status red weather warning as Storm Atiyah sweeps in

Met Eireann has issued a warning for strong winds caused by the first named storm of the season.

Residents have been warned to stay away from the coast (PA)
Residents have been warned to stay away from the coast (PA)

By Cate McCurry, PA

Met Eireann has issued a status red weather warning with Storm Atiyah set to bring strong winds across Ireland throughout Sunday.

As the first named storm of the season sweeps in from Iceland, the forecaster warned of severe weather with gusts over 130km/h expected to hit Kerry.

West to south-west winds veering north-west will reach mean speeds in excess of 80km/h with gusts in excess of 130km/h for a time this evening.

Extreme caution is advised, especially near the coast and on high ground.

Due to a combination of high seas and storm surge there is a possibility of coastal flooding.

Storm Atiyah, named by Met Eireann, is expected to move from west to east from 3pm on Sunday through to 9am on Monday.

A status orange wind warning comes into effect from 1pm for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork and Limerick.

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Met Eireann said a status yellow wind warning will come into effect from 1pm until 6am tomorrow for Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Roscommon, Tipperary and Waterford, with gusts between 90 and 110km/h likely.

Kerry County Council urged on Twitter for residents to prepare: “We are asking members of the public to take necessary precautions for high winds including, securing items or property which are susceptible to high winds such as hoarding, signage, Christmas lights/decorations, garden furniture, bins, trampolines.”

ESB networks warned that the storm may result in some customers losing supply.

Meanwhile, many national parks across Ireland have been closed for the day and Dublin Zoo has also cancelled its Wild Lights event on Sunday evening.

In a statement, a spokesman for the Department of Culture said: “Due to the status red wind warning issued for Kerry – valid from 4pm until 7pm today – the NPWS (National Parks and Wildlife Service) wishes to advise members of the public that Killarney National Park and Gardens and Muckross Park and Gardens are closed.

“A status orange wind warning remains in place for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, and Limerick, with Status Yellow wind and rain warning for remainder of counties.

“The NPWS advises the public not to visit any National Parks, National Monuments or Nature Reserves whilst the warnings are  in place.”

The following National Parks and Nature Reserves will be closed until further notice:

– Connemara National Park
– Knockma Wood, near Tuam, Co Galway
– Derryclare Nature Reserve, Co Galway
– Wild Nephin, Ballycroy National Park, Co Mayo
– Old Head Nature Reserve, Co Mayo
– Laughil Wood, near Pontoon, Co Mayo
– Dromore Woods Nature Reserve, Co Clare
– Killarney National Park, House and Gardens; Muckross House and Gardens, Co Kerry

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