Storm Callum to hit Ireland tonight
Met Éireann has issued orange weather warnings for coastal counties and yellow warnings for inland counties ahead of storm Callum.

Storm Callum is set to hit Ireland tonight with Met Éireann issuing an orange warning for coastal counties and a status yellow warning for the rest of the country.

Winds are expected to reach between 100km/hr and 130km/hr in areas issued with an orange warning and there will also be a spell of heavy rain. Due to high tides there is a risk of coastal flooding and damage.

For Cork and Kerry southeast winds will veer southwest and the orange warning will be in place from 10pm tonight (Thursday) until 9am tomorrow (Friday).

In counties Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Clare the warning will remain in place from 11pm tonight until 5pm tomorrow.

In Dublin, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath and Waterford winds will be south to southeast with the warning in place from midnight tonight until 9am tomorrow.

A yellow warning is in effect for the rest of the country. Inland counties can expect slower winds of 90km/hr to 110km/hr with spells of heavy rain with the warning in place from midnight until 9am tomorrow.

Storm Callum is the third storm of this year’s season after storms Ali and Bronagh.

Following a meeting of the National Emergency Coordination Group (NECG) at 3pm today the following advice has been issued:

  • Be aware of local conditions in your area; weather conditions and their impacts can vary significantly from place to place.
  • Stay away from coastal areas for the duration of the orange warning.
  • If you need to drive, slow down and drive to anticipate strong cross winds and other hazards such as falling/fallen trees. Do not drive through flooded areas. High-sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds – slow down and give extra space to pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Stay away from fallen electricity wires or fallen trees as they may be in contact with electricity wires. Always treat any fallen wires as live. ESB Networks Emergency Services can be contacted at 1850 372999.
  • Decisions regarding school closures will be made by Board of Management of each school. The Department of Education and Skills has advised that decisions should be made based on local conditions and erring on the side of caution as appropriate.
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    Weather forecast

    Wet and windy conditions are forecast by Met Éireann for Saturday with the risk of severe and potentially damaging gusts during the evening.

    The rain will be heavy and persistent at times, with localised surface flooding possible.

    Maximum afternoon temperatures will range 7°C to 11°C degrees generally.

    Strong to gale force southeasterly winds will veer west to northwest during the course of the afternoon and evening.

    In the news

  • Farmers from the IFA held a protest outside Marks & Spencer in Liffey Valley on Friday over reductions on the shelf price of some vegetables and potatoes to as low as 20c/kg.
  • Met Éireann has issued yellow weather warnings for the whole country that will be in place for all 24 hours of Saturday.
  • The PSNI is seeking information to help in the recovery of 20 cattle that have been reported stolen from Armagh.
  • Co-ops have suggested a weakening of dairy markets is reflected in lower milk prices, but IFA dairy chair Tom Phelan said the signs are there to hold the price.
  • Co Down-based agri supplier and contractor Joseph Walls spread lime for a customer near Castletown, Co Meath, earlier this week.
    Watch: farmers protest over low vegetable prices in Dublin
    Farmers from the IFA held a protest outside Marks & Spencer in Liffey Valley on Friday over reductions on the shelf price of some vegetables and potatoes to as low as 20c/kg.

    Potato and vegetable growers held a protest outside Marks and Spencer in Liffey Valley, Dublin, on Friday over the below-cost selling of Irish produce.

    Speaking to the Irish Farmers Journal, IFA potato chair Thomas McKeown said that Marks & Spencer was selling 2kg of potatoes at 39c.

    "This works out at €180/t. The costs we've had all year between the drought, the wet spring at the start and yields - yields are way back.

    "In fairness, supermarkets during the year helped during the drought, but this has started up now pre-Christmas.

    "There's absolutely no need for it. Veering away from potatoes, there's Brussels sprouts in there [M&S] - €3.00 for Spanish sprouts and 39c for Irish ones - that's wrong."

    For more on the protest, pick up next week's Irish Farmers Journal.

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    Weather warning: up to 50mm of rain expected tomorrow
    Met Éireann has issued two weather warnings for Saturday 15 December.

    Unsettled weather is to bring rainfall of 30mm to 50mm across the country on Saturday 15 December.

    Met Éireann issued a yellow weather warning for the whole country that will be in place for all 24 hours of Saturday.

    It is predicting that heavy rain could see rainfalls in excess of 50mm in some mountainous areas.

    Wind warning

    A yellow wind warning has also been issued, as gusts of up to 110km/h are likely for Saturday afternoon.

    The warning is in place for all of the country, as south to southeast winds reach 55km/h to 60km/h on Saturday morning.

    The winds will be strongest in the east and will veer west to northwest into the afternoon and evening.

    They will further increase to reach speeds of 55km/h to 65km/h.

    Gusts associated with these winds will range from 90km/h to 110km/h.