Galway braces for arrival of Storm Brendan tomorrow morning

Paula Kearns Clontarf and Caitriona Harvey from Bundoran Co Donegal

Galway braces for arrival of Storm Brendan tomorrow morning

Strongest winds look to develop 8am-1pm across Ireland before easing in the afternoon away from northern and northwestern coasts - where a second core of very strong winds looks to arrive - gusting to 80mph on exposed coasts.

"Status Orange" weather alerts have been issued for all counties in Ireland ahead of Storm Brendan, named by Met Eireann yesterday.

However, exposed areas can expect winds of up to 130 kilometres an hour.

She said the first of the Status Orange wind warning will come into operation at 5am on Monday and winds would begin to pick up reaching gale force by noon on land.

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The warning starts at 10am on Monday morning and lifts at 11.59pm the same day.

The National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management (NDFEM) issued a statement on the situation on Sunday.

He said, "Coastal flooding could potentially be the biggest impact from Storm Brendan".

It says local authorities have activated their Local Coordination and Crisis Management arrangements to prepare for its arrival.

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It is also warning there is a significant risk of coastal flooding.

The Met Office has issued warnings of disruption to travel services and potential power cuts on Monday and Tuesday.

"The public are also advised to AVOID ALL forest and Park areas due to risk of injury & danger to life".

Met Éireann have issued a yellow wind warning for Louth.

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"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".

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