Storm Callum on the way, but Kilkenny may escape the worst

Weather models predicting storm to sweep over Ireland at end of week

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Storm Callum

An image of how the weather could look on Friday, with storm Callum just off the west coast of Ireland. Image via earth.nullschool.net

A storm currently brewing in the Atlantic is likely to bring severe weather to Ireland with multiple weather warnings likely on Thursday night and Friday this week.

At present, all the available weather models indicate that a severe storm is likely to affect parts of the country during Friday, with hurricane force gusts of wind possible on Atlantic coastal counties.

However, currently it looks as though Kerry, Clare, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal will experience the worst of the storm, with gusts of up to 150km/h possible, based on our current forecasts. Areas further inland may see gusts up to 130km/h, certainly strong enough to cause disruption to power services and transport. 

Flooding is also likely to affect parts of the west this coming week as rather persistent spells of heavy rain are expected across west Connacht, southwest Munster and northwest Ulster. Totals in excess of 100mm seem probably in some locations by the end of this week, with even higher totals likely in mountainous areas.