The full force of Storm Erik will be felt in the north west and particularly Donegal.

High seas and coastal flooding are expected, with gusts of up to 130km/h or higher.

A status orange warning has been issued by Met Eireann for three counties, Donegal, Mayo and Galway. A status yellow alert applies to the rest of the country.

Storm Erik is due to hit the coast at around 5.00 am on Friday. The weather warning for Mayo and Galway takes effect from that time. It is expected to reach Donegal later in the morning, with the weather warning in place from 9.00 am Friday. The latest update from Met Eireann has the warning for Donegal in place until 6.00 am on Saturday.

Severe gusts of up to 130km/h are expected, with average wind speeds of up to 80km/h. The highest winds will be in exposed coastal areas where the speeds already mentioned may well be exceeded at times.

Met Eireann is also warning of very high seas and coastal flooding. People are advised to avoid exposed coastal walks and to take precautions with property, boats etc.

Status Orange Warning Explained

According to Met Eireann’s website, a status orange weather warning applies to weather conditions which have the capacity to impact significantly on people in affected areas.

Met Eireann states: “The issue of an Orange level weather warning implies that all recipients in the affected areas should prepare themselves in an appropriate way for the anticipated conditions.”

A more detailed explanation of weather warnings and how they are applied can be found here

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