WEATHER WARNING: Storm Hannah officially named as severe gales set to hit Ireland

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WEATHER WARNING: Storm Hannah officially named as severe gales set to hit Ireland

WEATHER WARNING: Storm Hannah officially named as severe gales set to hit Ireland

Met Eireann has officially named an approaching weather system as Storm Hannah that is expected to bring severe gales to Ireland on Friday night.

Met Eireann has now extended the Weather Warnings for Storm Hannah to 20 counties.

A Status Orange wind warning is in place for Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick. It will become stormy on Friday evening and overnight as Storm Hannah moves in. Southerly winds, later veering northwesterly will reach mean speeds of 65-80 km/h with gusts of 110 to 130 km/h. Met Eireann says to be prepared for possible disruption and power outages. That warning is in place from 4pm on Friday to 5am on Saturday morning.

A Status Yellow Wind Warning is in place for Connacht, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Wexford, Wicklow, Offaly, Donegal, Tipperary and Waterford. It will become very windy on Friday night and for a time on Saturday morning. Southerly winds will veer northwesterly and reach mean speeds of 50-65km/h with gusts of 90 to 110 km/h. That warning is in place from 11pm until 9am on Saturday.

Met Eireann warned earlier this week in an advisory that with many trees now in leaf, this system has the potential to result in trees down leading to power outages and dangerous driving conditions.