13 January 2020 10:32
Image caption A yellow warning has been issued for NI from 10:00 GMT on Monday Storm Brendan has hit the west coast of Ireland with forecaster Met Éireann warning of "several hours of very dangerous weather". The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for Northern Ireland from 10:00 GMT to midnight, with the storm due early afternoon. Already this morning, gusts of up to 60mph have been reported in Belmullet, County Mayo in the Republic of Ireland. The Met Office has warned that travel disruption is likely and coastal areas may be affected by large waves. Skip Twitter post by @MetEireann A band of very severe and damaging winds, associated with #StormBrendan is expected to move from west to east across the country between 11am and 3pm today, gusts to 130km/h expected with potentially higher gusts in exposed areas.
pic.twitter.com/W9W0AtYDRg — Met Éireann (@MetEireann) January 13, 2020 Report Bright spells and squally showers will follow and winds will peak through the afternoon, according to the Met Office. P&O said its 10:30 departures on Monday from Larne and Cairnryan have been cancelled. Skip Twitter post by @POferriesupdate We're sorry to advise that due to adverse weather conditions, our 10:30 departures from Larne and Cairnryan have been cancelled. The storm was named on Saturday by Irish weather service, Met Éireann. A status orange weather alert is in place for the entire country as high winds and heavy rain are forecast on Monday.
In Mayo the Belmullet/Blacksod Road (R313) will be closed from 10am on Monday in case of high tides. However, many schools reported waiting for the national warning to move from status orange to red before calling off classes on Monday. More than 2,600 customers in counties Mayo, Roscommon, Kerry and Cork had been hit by power outages by 9.20am on Monday with ESB promising to resolve the problems by shortly after midday. A status orange warning indicates conditions "may pose a threat to life and property," with dangerous driving conditions and risk of falling trees. Strong gale force to storm-force southerly winds will develop on all Irish coastal waters and on the Irish Sea, reaching violent storm force at times in the west, said Met Éireann. There is a strong risk of coastal flooding due to high seas and large spring tides, it added. Winds are due to reach mean speeds of 65km/h to 80km/h, with gusts of up to 130km/h, and higher in exposed areas. The high winds will be accompanied by heavy rain which will develop in the west before spreading quickly across the country. Also speaking on RTÉ, Met Éireann's head of forecasting Evelyn Cusack warned that all areas in the country would experience storm force winds meaning ground saturation, localised flooding and the danger of uprooted trees and possibility of structural damage. While Storm Brendan, which originated off the coast of Canada, will pass over the country in a matter of hours, the north west will experience a "second blast" this afternoon, said Ms Cusack. "We are going to be getting several hours of very dangerous weather," she warned. Dublin City Council said flood defences had been erected while car parks at Clontarf and Sandymount are closed. In Sligo, the road to Strandhill Beach was closed while members of the public were advised to stay off piers and slipways. The Irish Coast Guard has advised the public to stay away from exposed beaches, cliffs, piers, promenades and harbours. The National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS) advised the public not to visit any national parks, national monuments or nature reserves while the warnings are in place. Irish Ferries had not cancelled any Dublin-Holyhead crossing by 9.15am but advised travellers to keep an eye on sailing updates. In Cork, the cross river ferry service was suspended due to high winds while passengers travelling in the Cobh/Passage West area were advised to allow for extra time in their journeys. Dublin Airport said all airlines had indicated they would carry out a normal schedule on Monday but that operations would be weather dependent. Cyclists have been urged to leave their bikes at home as cycling during the storm will be very dangerous due to intense rain and high winds. National director of the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management Sean Hogan told RTÉ that road conditions on Monday would be very dangerous with fallen power lines and trees expected. The Road Safety Authority appealed to road users to exercise caution travelling in high winds and issued advice to drivers including leaving extra space between road vehicles, particularly vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists. As flood warnings were put in place around the country, Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) Kevin "Boxer" Moran announced government support for managing so called "pinch points" on the Shannon. Storm Brendan is forecast to batter parts of Scotland today with hurricane winds of up to 80mph on the coastline. Yellow severe weather warnings for strong winds will be in force from 10am tomorrow until midnight for the west coast and islands, south west and north east Scotland, and Orkney and Shetland. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) warned of an "unusual and dangerous combination of tide, storm surge and inshore waves" because the storm coincided with high tides. It said there was a risk of coastal flooding, with flood warnings issued for the Churchill barriers, connecting Mainland with South Ronaldsay on Orkney, and the north east Orkney island of Sanday. A Sepa spokesperson said: "There is a risk of coastal flooding to all coastal areas. The highest risk is around high tides from midday Monday through to Tuesday afternoon. "There is a flooding risk to coastal road and rail routes." NorthLink said it was likely to cancel some sailings to Orkney and Shetland. Met Office chief meteorologist Frank Saunders, said: "It's going to be particularly windy across the western half of the UK, with gusts reaching 60-70mph along Irish Sea coastlines, the west of Scotland and perhaps some English Channel coasts - maybe even 80mph in a few exposed places. "This is likely to cause some disruption to sea, road and air travel. "As Storm Brendan moves eastwards, strong winds will also develop across eastern parts of the UK, particularly north east Scotland, where there is also a wind warning. "As well as strong winds, there will be large coastal waves in western areas, so bear this in mind before heading out in these regions." He said for the rest of the week "it looks like it's going to stay very unsettled, with the potential for further disruptive weather in places."