Storm Ali brought the strongest winds ever recorded at Galway coastal weather station

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Galway Daily news Storm Eunice: 130km/hr winds forecast as Status Orange warning issued

Storm Ali brought the strongest winds ever recorded at Met Eireann’s weather station on the coast of Galway at Mace Head.

During the height of Storm Ali, gusts as strong as 142km/hr were recorded at the Mace Head Weather Station.

These are the strongest winds recorded by the station in the 14 years since it opened in 2004.

Storm Ali hit Ireland on September 19 and caused chaos through Galway, downing countless trees and causing travel chaos, leaving thousands without power, and taking one life.

Elvira Feraii, who had only just arrived from Switzerland to learn English, lost her life at Claddaghduff when the wind caught her caravan and carried it over a cliff.

Another man, electrician Mathew Campbell from Belfast, was killed when a tree fell on him and his colleague while they were performing work for the Northern Ireland Water Utility.

The storm knocked out power across the city and county; at its worst there were nearly 20,000 homes and businesses in Galway without power.

Though many were still in the dark the next day the ESB rose to extremely difficult circumstances and restored full power by the end of Thursday.

The Irish Times reports that Met Eireann’s monthly weather report describes a “cool, dry” month that took a dramatic turn for the worse halfway through September.

There was a Status Orange Weather Warning in place for Galway and 12 other counties on Wednesday morning, with the rest of the country getting a Yellow Warning.

Seven counties saw the Yellow warning stay in place across Thursday when Storm Bronagh brought heavy winds and rain as it cut across the south of Ireland on its way to the UK.