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Storm Georgina's strong winds to batter county tonight

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ON HER WAY Storm Georgina is set to bring more bad weather to Mayo tonight. Pic: UK Met Office


Anton McNulty

STRONG winds are set to batter the county later this evening (Tuesday) as the depression now named Storm Georgina is set to make landfall in the country's northwest. Met Éireann has this afternoon issued an orange status weather wind warning, an upgrade from the yellow warning the meteorological service issued earlier.
The weather warning is the second in a week. The previous warning was issued when a polar air mass brought cold and some wintry showers to much of the country last week.
The latest warning is valid from midnight tonight until 6am tomorrow (Wednesday) morning. The yellow wind warning remains in place from 8pm this evening until midnight, when the winds are expected to strengthen further.
A yellow rainfall warning has also been issued for Counties Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo and Clare, with rainfall of 25mm to 35mm expected.
The latest rainfall data for Co Mayo shows that January has been an exceptionally wet month with rainfall levels well above the average for this time of the year. The monthly rainfall levels up to January 21 in the Newport weather station at 181.2mm with 166.7mm, the average for the time of year.
Last year the January rainfall for Newport was only 94.3mm. There were similar amounts of rainfall in the other Mayo weather stations with 161mm of rain recorded in Belmullet; 149mm recorded in Claremorris and 135.8mm in Knock Airport.

*This article was updated on January 23, 2018, at 16.45pm

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