Status yellow warning for Cavan as Brian approaches

Status yellow warning for Cavan as Brian approaches

Status yellow warning for Cavan as Brian approaches

Winds are forecast to gust up to 130 km/h.

Winds of 60mph have struck the Welsh coast and gusts are set to reach speeds of 70mph on Saturday.

Gusts of up to 50-60mph are expected, with coastal areas warned to prepare for unsafe conditions.

The storm was officially named Storm Brian on Thursday after Met √Čireann issued orange weather warnings for large parts of Ireland.

"The low pressure system will then migrate northwards on Sunday taking the stronger winds with it".

"As we go through Saturday morning and early afternoon the strong southwesterly winds affecting the south west will transfer east and slowly change direction as they will become westerly towards the end of the warning period", Suri said in a statement on the Met Office website.

He said: 'Environment Agency teams are on the ground, checking defences and taking precautionary action to close tidal gates and put up temporary barriers.

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"We urge people to stay safe along the coast and warn against putting yourself in unnecessary danger by taking "storm selfies" or driving through flood water - just 30cm is enough to move your vehicle", she said.

A Met Office meteorologist, Craig Snell, said people should beware of venturing outdoors onto coastal walkways over the weekend.

Network Rail along with train operators, has activated its weather contingency plans for some routes and is advising passengers to plan for possible travel disruption.

Storm Brian, now over the mid-Atlantic, will "undertake explosive cyclogenesis" over the next 24 hours, according to the Met Office, meaning the low pressure cyclonic weather system will see a rapid collapse in pressure.

A spokesman said: "Fallen trees and other debris may temporarily block railway lines and damage overhead wires".

Drivers were also urged to take extra care on the roads because surface spray, reduced visibility and potential flooding remained high risks.

Storm Brian is supposed to hit areas of the United Kingdom tonight (20 October) and will pass through over the weekend.

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