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Published: Sun, January 21, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Confusion over the naming of storms

Confusion over the naming of storms

There is a Yellow wind warning in place for Galway, Munster and Leinster until tomorrow - with an orange gale force warning for eastern coastal counties.

Strong winds and high tides raised fears of potential flooding along the west coast as Storm Fionn passed over Ireland on Tuesday night.

Tonight's storm is expected to turn into a weather bomb as it passes over Britain tonight with the strongest winds in the south and blizzards in the north.

The warnings, which cover Central Scotland, Tayside, Fife, southern Scotland, Lothian and Borders, Strathclyde and Northern Ireland, are valid from 3pm on Tuesday until 8am on Wednesday.

Amber alert i.e. "be prepared" warning has been issued in terms of snow and ice for parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland. One to three centimetres of snow is anticipated, most especially in Ulster, Connacht and north Leinster with higher accumulations on hills and mountains.

Snow could be heavy and persistent with the northern edge of the weather front seeing the coldest temperatures.

However, Storm Fionn hit Ireland much harder than the United Kingdom bringing with it gusts of 137 km/h at Mace Head on Tuesday.

Of course, it wouldn't be the United Kingdom without travel disruption at times like these, and the Met Office has warned us to expect problems with road, rail and ferry services.

Watch Heavy snow shower in Portlaoise as Met Eireann warning in place.

This low will bring a spell of windy weather overnight and for Thursday morning, heavy rain and so the risk of localised flooding and snowfall.

Longford is also included in a Status Yellow wind warning that predicts westerly winds will reach mean winds speeds of 55 to 65 km/h with gusts of 90 to 110 km/h.

In Galway city centre the Salthill Promenade was closed as a precaution ahead of the strong winds and waves.

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