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Wind warnings issued for Donegal as storm Caroline heads for Ireland

Wind warnings issued for Donegal as storm Caroline heads for Ireland

Storm Caroline will pose a "danger to life" when it batters northern parts of the United Kingdom on Thursday bringing gusts of up to 90mph, forecasters have warned.

The company, meanwhile, is continuing to plan to fly all its scheduled services and will have standby aircraft and crews at the ready should weather permit disrupted services to fly.

"Some damage to buildings is possible, such as tiles blowing off roofs", the Met Office said.

Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, while a loss of power in some areas is also possible.

Transport networks face widespread disruption and power cuts are possible as a result of the extreme weather, the forecaster said.

"It is likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves".

Met Eireann last issued a snow warning for Donegal last month when temperatures plunged to -2C on Thursday, November 23, leading to some snowfall on high ground housing estates in towns like Letterkenny.

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     BRACE YOURSELF A NASA satellite image shows Storm Caroline approaching the UK
NASA BRACE YOURSELF A NASA satellite image shows Storm Caroline approaching the UK

The warning, which was announced this afternoon, will remain in place until 8pm on Thursday evening.

A total of 69 of the 159 staff on Ninian South, about 240 miles from Aberdeen, are leaving the structure as a precaution.

'Overnight, the main feature will be the increase in wind as Caroline starts to come in towards the end of the night.

Snow and falling temperatures are also forecast for parts of Britain later in the week.

A Met Office statement said: "Snow showers are expected to become increasingly frequent over northern Scotland late on Thursday and are expected across many other parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and western England on Friday".

This includes a second warning on Friday for chances of snow and ice.

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