AFTER THE SNOW, STORM RACHEL SET TO BATTER NORTH WEST WITH HURRICANE FORCE WINDS

first_imgStorm rachel is on the way to Donegal today.URGENT WEATHER WARNING: Donegal and the North West is set to take the full force of a storm later today on a scale experts say could be the worst to hit us in years.Already forecasters believe Storm Rachel is packing winds of up to 90 miles per hour and will bring havoc to this part of Ireland in the same way a storm hit Munster on February 12 last year cutting power to half a million people.If you look closely at this predictive wind map, you will be able to just make out the North West of Ireland. The warning comes as Donegal wakes up to snow covered streets and countryside for the second day in a row after move heavy snow overnight.Several schools remain closed and many roads across the county are treacherous this morning.Schools which have opened have advised children to travel only if it is safe to do so.But now there will be even more disruption later today and in to tomorrow, warn forecasters. The Yellow Wind Warning applies from 3pm today and lasts until midnight tomorrow, so it promises to be a significant weather event.Met Eireann say gusts of wind will reach up to 140kph across Donegal.Peter O’Donnell from Irish Weather Online warned: “The highest winds will hit the North West of Ireland.“People should secure loose objects and if you have to park a vehicle outdoors, pick a spot that is not downwind from trees or other potentially loose objects.“To assess that before the winds pick up, you can stand in the proposed location and face southwest then west, to see what is upwind of that location. It might save you a bit of damage to your car if you avoid a location where a tree branch or roofing tiles could fly into it. Definitely time to bring in the trampolines.” AFTER THE SNOW, STORM RACHEL SET TO BATTER NORTH WEST WITH HURRICANE FORCE WINDS was last modified: January 14th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalrainsnowStorm Rachelwindlast_img read more