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30/10/20 - Wind warning for Donegal escalated to Orange Level


Met Éireann have escalated the wind warning that was in place for County Donegal from status yellow to orange. The storm has now been named – Storm Aiden - and will bring with it strong southwest to west winds which will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80km/h, with severe and damaging gusts of 100 to 130km/h. It will remain in force from 8.00am until 4.00pm tomorrow afternoon, Saturday 31st October.


As this has now been upgraded to a status orange event it has the potential to cause harm. Property owners / occupiers are asked to prepare themselves for the bad weather, e.g. ensuring that all garden furniture and outdoor play items such as goal posts, trampolines etc. are stowed away securely so as to prevent them being blown away and becoming a hazard to road users and members of the public.


Motorists are being asked to take extra care while driving, particularly with high-sided vehicles which are vulnerable to strong gusting winds.


Beach goers and walkers along exposed coasts should be aware that there will be instances of extremely high wave activity during this period and are asked to remain vigilant and to heed the Irish Coast Guard’s advice to ‘stay back, stay high and stay dry’.


Donegal County Council’s Severe Weather Assessment Team are continuing to monitor the situation and will provide additional updates if conditions deteriorate further.


Donegal County Council can be contacted during normal business hours on 074 91 53900 or, in the event of an out-of-hours emergency, the Council’s Road Service can be contacted on 074 91 72288.  For emergencies requiring the assistance of the Fire Service please call 999 or 112.


You can keep up to date on conditions by signing up for free alerts to your phone by registering at or by following Donegal County Council on Facebook or Twitter.

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