A Status Red weather warning applies to the entire country
Met Éireann has detailed criteria for the issuing of Status Red weather warnings - one of which is already in effect.
A Status Red wind warning came into effect nationwide from 6am on Monday.
The issue of Red level severe weather warnings should "be a comparatively rare event and implies that recipients take action to protect themselves and/or their properties; this could be by moving their families out of the danger zone temporarily; by staying indoors; or by other specific actions aimed at mitigating the effects of the weather conditions".
The criteria for a Status Red wind warning is:
Mean Speeds in excess of 80 km/h
Gusts Speeds in excess of 130 km/h
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