The weather alert for Galway has been upgraded to Status Orange ahead of Storm Hannah making landfall today.
Met Eireann issued a yellow weather alert for Galway yesterday along with the rest of Connacht and most of Ireland, warning of Storm Hannah bringing high winds on Friday night and into early Saturday.
Galway’s weather warning was raised to status orange by Met Eireann at 10am this morning.
Winds of 65-80km/hr are expected from 7pm this evening, with gusts reaching speeds of up to 130km/hr.
Clare, Cork, Limerick, Kerry, Waterford, and Tipperary have also been issued with an orange warning as the bulk of the damage from Storm Hannah is forecast to hit the south and west coast.
While the orange alert in Galway expires at midnight tonight, a yellow weather warning will remain in place until 9am on Saturday.
Galway city council are urging people to exercise caution this evening, especially if they are out near exposed coasts.
Council road crews will be on standby tonight to deal with any flooding caused by the storm.
Storm Hannah looks forecast to mark the end of the brief spell of sun that came to Galway, as rain is expected to linger throughout the weekend until next Tuesday at least.