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STORM ERIK INFORMATION
As storm Erik approaches Ireland today and over the coarse of this evening and tonight the area of low pressure will under go Explosive cyclogenesis also known to many as a weather bomb. Explosive cyclogenesis is the rapid deepening of an cyclonic low-pressure area. The change in pressure needed to classify something as explosive cyclogenesis is latitude dependent. For example, at 60° latitude, explosive cyclogenesis occurs if the central pressure decreases by 24 mbar (hPa) or more in 24 hours. This is a predominantly maritime, winter event. The centre of the area of low pressure named storm Erik is forecast to drop around 40 mbar (hPa) in less than 24 hours which is a massive drop in pressure.
Tonight a band of rain will cross the country moving west to east and will be heavy with the risk of spot flooding and as this rain sweeps across Ireland winds will start to strengthen and becoming windy. Strongest winds will occur between 5am Friday morning to 1pm Friday. But wind will remain very strong across the northwest and north with the strongest winds not easing there until 6am Saturday morning.
Worst effected county’s will be Kerry, Clare, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal and Derry especially along coastal region where winds may gust up to 130km/hr within the warning period. Wind along the exposed coastal areas of Galway, Mayo, Donegal and Derry may exceed 130km/hr for a time on Friday morning into the early afternoon with gust close to 140km/hr.
widespread power outages could occur along southwestern, western , northwestern and northern county’s on Friday morning and over the afternoon as the rapidly deepening depression, named Storm Erik by Met Éireann tracks to the northwest of Ireland early Friday morning with an expected minimum pressure of 954hPa at 9am 8th Feb 2019.
Away from Atlantic coastal regions winds will gust up to 90km/hr to 110km/hr with the risk of scattered power outages.
The public should avoid all coastal areas, piers and walkways on Friday into Saturday morning and not put your life at risk as well as others at risk.
Anyone planing to travel by air or sea on Friday morning there is likely to be some disruption and it would be important to check in before travelling
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STORM ERIK UPDATE 12:02hrs - 08/02/19
Strongest winds so far have been along coastal parts of Mayo and Galway where a gusts of 122km/hr was recorded at mace head and 115km/hr at Belmullet this morning at 7am, this within the Orange warning criteria which is for gust between 110km/hr to 130km/hr.
Elsewhere winds have been in the Yellow warning criteria with the strongest gust recorded in south Donegal of 101km/hr at the Finner weather station in the last hour and 102km/hr at Sligo airport. Gust of between 60km/hr to 100km/hr have been recorded elsewhere. A Yellow wind warning mean winds up to 110km/hr or below.
Highest wind gust have all come from coastal areas this morning and a few more high gusts can be expected this lunch time up along the west coast Mayo and Galway
Highest gusts this afternoon, evening and tonight will be up along coastal areas of west and north Donegal as well as northern parts of Derry as storm Erik tracks northwards towards Scotland.
There will be a slight ease in winds for a time this afternoon but still remaining windy before winds strengthen again tonight and early Saturday morning across Ulster with some severe gust possible.
I hope this clear up peoples views on warnings and looking at the strength of the winds. All warnings been so far right on where the worst winds would be.
STORM ERIK UPDATE 12:00hrs - 08/02/19
LEITRIM: There is a fallen tree on the Keadue Rd (R284) just outside of Leitrim Village. Take care on approach.
LIMERICK: The fallen tree has been cleared on the Limerick/Kilmallock Rd (R512) just north of Ballyneety.
GALWAY: The Promenade in Salthill has now reopened after high seas earlier.
Conditions have improved on the Coast Rd (R338) in Oranmore after a lot of surface water earlier.
MAYO: Caution advised on the coastal routes in the Belmullet area due to high seas.
WATERFORD: The N72 is closed at Cappoquin until Saturday (9th) to facilitate emergency tree removal. Diversions via Vee Rd (R668) in Lismore and Melleray Rd (R669) in Cappoquin will be signposted.
WATERFORD: Extreme care is advised on the Promenade in Tramore due to high winds and sea spray.
STORM ERIK UPDATE 09:34hrs - 08/02/19
Latest power check map shows up to 3500 home without power now this morning with the southwest, west and northwest worst effected
STORM ERIK UPDATE 08:18hrs - 08/02/19
VERY IMPORTANT: If you come across fallen trees be aware that there may be fallen wires. Please DO NOT APPROACH as the wires could be live and would be extremely dangerous. Please stay clear and phone ESB Networks immediately on 1850 372 999 , 021 238 2410— ESB Networks (@ESBNetworks) February 8, 2019
STORM ERIK UPDATE 08:14hrs - 08/02/19
Salthill promenade in Galway is closed due to high seas.
STORM ERIK UPDATE 08:10hrs - 08/02/19
Gardaí across Galway and Mayo say while conditions have deteriorated, all routes are passable and there has been no contact from the public in relation to debris or fallen trees on any roads.
STORM ERIK UPDATE 07:57hrs - 08/02/19
A Orange weather warning fro strong winds is currently in place for Mayo and Galway this morning and will remain in place until 13:00hrs today. A orange warning for strong winds will come into effect for Co.Donegal at 09:00hrs this morning and remain in place over the whole day right into 06:00hrs Saturday 9th February 2019. A yellow wind warning is in place for the rest of Ireland for today and ends at 06:00hrs Saturday 9th February 2019
ORANGE WIND WARNING - DONEGAL, MAYO & GALWAY
Southwest to west winds will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80 km/h with some severe or damaging gusts of 110 to 130 km/h. The highest winds will be in exposed coastal areas, where these values may be exceeded at times.
Very high seas as well with some coastal flooding.
YELLOW WIND WARNING - REST OF IRELAND
Southwest to west winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65 km/h with gusts of 80 to 110 km/h. Along exposed Atlantic coasts these values may be exceeded for a while and with very high seas this will give the risk of coastal flooding.
YELLOW RAINFALL WARNING - DONEGAL, MAYO, GALWAY & KERRY
30 to 40 mm rainfall expected with risk of spot flooding, especially on coasts and hills.
STORM ERIK UPDATE 07:51hrs - 08/02/19
Storm Erik is now beginning to hit hard along the west coast of Ireland in the last hour winds have gone from a status yellow wind warning speeds to Orange wind warning speed strongest winds have been recorded at Belmullet Mayo at 7am and Mace Head Galway
Belmullet Mayo a gust of 115km/hr has been recorded with a mean wind speed of 83km/hr
Mace head Galway a gust of 122km/hr has been recorded with a mean wind speed of 83km/hr
STORM ERIK UPDATE 07:36hrs - 08/02/19
A number of power faults are now occurring across the southwest, west and northwest this morning as storm Erik passes of the northwest of Ireland, Currently around 1000 home with out power
STORM ERIK UPDATE 02:46hrs - 08/02/19
Wind speeds really starting to pick up in the last hour especially across western parts of Mayo and Galway with gust of up to 86km/hr so far recorded at Bellmullet Mayo. The orange warning for wind comes into effect for Galway and Mayo at 05:00hrs this morning with the Orange warning for Donegal coming into places at 09:00hrs.
Latest wind gust speeds below in KM/HR (kilometers per hour)
STORM ERIK UPDATE 20:45hrs - 07/02/19
Latest power check map from the ESB shows the latest power loss across Ireland ahead of Storm Eriks arrival to Ireland
STORM ERIK UPDATE 20:50hrs- 07/02/19
Latest wind speeds across Ireland and the before storm Erik arrival