Follow the progress of Storm Brian as it approaches Kilkenny

Geneva Matthews
October 22, 2017

The second named storm of the year, caused by a "weather bomb" of low pressure in the Atlantic, will bring gusts of between 50mph (80kph) and 70mph (113kph).

Forecasters say flooding and power cuts are possible as the storm batters the country.

Met Eireann has issued a Status Orange warnings and three Status Yellow warnings due to the incoming storm, and the southern half of the country is now bracing itself again for yet more high winds, and potential torrential rainfall.

But strong winds and heavy rain will also his Wales, the North West of England and the south coast.

Driving rain and winds are blowing across the town and the weather warning lasts until midnight tonight, although the bad weather is forecasted to last into Sunday morning.

"Explosive cyclogenesis" takes place when air is sucked upwards by the jet stream, leaving low pressure below.

A Met Office weather warning said: "A spell of strong southwesterly winds is expected".

The strongest winds will hit the south west of Ireland and Wales early on Saturday morning, before heading east across the south of England.

Alison Baptiste, national flood duty manager for the Environment Agency, warned the public against social media stunts during the bad weather.

According to the Met office, Alison Baptiste, National flood duty manager for the Environment Agency, said: "We urge people to stay safe along the coast and warn against putting yourself in unnecessary danger by taking "storm selfies" or driving through flood water-just 30cm is enough to move your auto".

He said: "Environment Agency teams are on the ground, checking defences and taking precautionary action to close tidal gates and put up temporary barriers".

The Energy Networks Association, representing the UK's energy infrastructure, said residents could call the free 105 advice telephone number in case of damage to local network and power supplies.

Check in with the website and follow the progress of Storm Brian live as it hits Ireland and Kilkenny this weekend.

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