High winds 'to continue for much of day'

A pedestrian struggles with high winds in Cork city this morning. Picture: Larry Cummins

Met Éireann has said that high winds are set to continue for much of the day after the agency issued a red alert - its most serious weather warning - forcCounties Cork and Kerry.

A large storm is set to hit the south-west coast and continue across the country with wind speeds of up to 160 kilometres per hour forecast.

There's also a warning of high seas and there's a risk of structural damage.

Pat Clarke of Met Eireann says the winds will continue for much of the day.

"The winds will start this morning along the south and south-west coast and other areas will start off with no wind," Mr Clarke said.

"And then the winds will increase gradually as the morning and afternoon progresses."

Mr Clarke said that as the depression moves in over land winds may ease for a while as the eye of the storm passes, but that will be short-lived.

"Certainly there will be strong winds everywhere eventually, and tonight they will moderate to some extent," he said.

"But it's going to turn cold and tonight we could have some wintry showers again."

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