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Cork's Fastnet Lighthouse Records Gust of 84 Knots as Storm Barra Hits Ireland (Vid)

7th December 2021
The scene on the Fastnet Lighthouse this morning with the helipad covered with spray and spume in Storm Barra
The scene on the Fastnet Lighthouse this morning with the helipad covered with spray and spume in Storm Barra Credit: Irish Lights/Twitter

A number of weather warnings have taken effect across the country, as Storm Barra arrives, bringing gusts in excess of 130km/h.

After making landfall this morning, Storm Barra has caused some flooding in the south and has already left at least 33,000 homes and businesses without power.

The Fastnet lighthouse recorded a gust of 84 knots (155km/h) at 8 am this morning. 

A Status Red wind warning for Cork and Kerry has been active from 6 am, while a similar warning for Clare will be in place from 4pm.

In all three counties, wind speeds of over 80 km/h, with severe or damaging gusts in excess of 130km/h, have been forecast by Met Éireann.

A gust of 113 km/h was recorded at around 6 am on Sherkin Island, located just off Cork's coast.

The weather warnings will be in place until 9pm tonight, when these counties will enter a Status Orange wind warning, which will remain in place until 6am tomorrow morning.


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