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Batten down the hatches… another storm on the way

HOLD on to your hats, another big storm is on the way! 
Just three weeks ago the county was rocked by Storm Ali, as winds reached up to 80 miles per hour and caused chaos throughout the county with trees falling and blocking roads at a number of rural locations across the county.
Thousands of homes were left without power, and the storm lead to school and business closures and one fatality. The Met Office has now issued a yellow warning for blustery conditions towards the end of the week on Friday.  The warning comes into affect from 5am on Friday lasting throughout the day until 9pm. 
If officially named by Met Office and Met Eireann, Friday’s storm will be the third of the season and be named Storm Callum.
According to the forecasters: “Gusts 50 to 60 mph are likely in some places, with potential for gusts of 70 to 80 mph around exposed coasts and hills, with large waves an additional hazard. There is a small chance of gusts over 80 mph in the Western Isles during the afternoon and evening. The strongest winds are expected across Northern Ireland during the morning”.
Friday’s weather could impact travel plans during the morning commute, with Met office warning “road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible. Some roads and bridges may close.”
Donegal Weather Channel also warned that a ‘severe wind storm is looking likely to effect Ireland on Thursday night and into Friday morning with damaging gusts.’ A statement on the storm read ‘UK Met Office all ready have a early yellow warning in place for the North, and this most likely will be upgraded to an amber warning closer to the time.’

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