Kerry and the south west to take brunt of Storm Hannah

The south west coast including Kerry is set to take the brunt of Storm Hannah.

Met Eireann has issued a Status Orange Alert for Kerry, Cork, Clare and Limerick.

A Yellow weather warning is also in place for Connacht, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Wexford, Wicklow, Offaly, Donegal, Tipperary and Waterford.

That’s Met Eireann forecaster Matthew Martin there as Kerry is warned to batten down the hatches.

From around 4 o’clock tomorrow (Friday) afternoon to 5 o’clock on Saturday morning winds will reach average speeds of 65 to 80 kilometres per hour with gusts of up to 130 kilometres per hour.

Earlier today, Kerry County Council’s Local Coordination Team, which includes council management, the Fire Service, An Garda Síochána and the Health Service Executive held a meeting.

They are advising members of the public to prepare for possible power outages, to secure items such as bins, signage and garden furniture and to avoid walking or cycling in exposed areas.

Motorists should take extreme care on all roads and be mindful of debris, fallen trees, branches or power lines.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service is advising people to take extreme care if visiting Killarney National Park and says it would be advisable to postpone your visit.