The Irish Coast Guard has issued a warning to all mariners and coastal communities ahead of Storm Barra.
The “violent” weather event has been deemed a potential “threat to life” with winds of up 130km/h set to batter parts of the country tomorrow, along with heavy rain, coastal flooding, disruption to travel and power outages.
Met Eireann has issued a status red warning for Cork and Kerry while an orange alert has been put in place for Dublin.
The Coast Guard is appealing to anyone considering any form of coastal or open water recreation to be mindful of the risk posed by the storm conditions and to keep an eye on Met Eireann forecasts.
Walkers are advised to avoid any exposed areas, including seafront and cliff walkways, as they may be hit by sudden gusts, exposing themselves to unnecessary danger.
Coast Guard Operations Manager Micheal O’Toole issued six words of key advice, saying: “Remember Stay back, Stay high, Stay dry.
“If you see somebody in trouble on the water or on the coast dial 112 or use marine VHF channel 16, and ask for the Coast Guard.”
Met Eireann’s Evelyn Cusack has warned the storm could pose a “danger to life” with a risk of flooding and high tides.
She told RTE’s Today with Claire Byrne: “We ask people to be very careful tomorrow and take preventative action today – tie everything down, take in furniture etc.”
“The storm is likely to hit the west coast before 5am and quickly extend across the country.”
“Tomorrow morning will be a very bad morning everywhere. Very strong storm force south easterly winds accompanied by driving rain and snow.
“It could be quite blizzardy for a few hours over Donegal, Sligo and the north west.”
Met Eireann has also predicted there could be falls of sleet or snow in places during the storm.
The forecast for Tuesday reads: “Becoming extremely windy on Tuesday as Storm Barra approaches from the Atlantic. A band of heavy and squally rain will sweep northeastwards across the country during the morning followed by widespread squally showers.
“Falls of sleet and hill snow are likely in places, especially across the northwest during the morning. Severe and damaging wind gusts are expected, especially in coastal parts of Munster and Connacht with some disruption possible.
“Gale to storm force southeast winds will veer west and later northwest in direction with a possibility of coastal flooding. Maximum temperatures of 6 to 9 degrees.”
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