Storm Lorenzo Hits Ireland Today; Flights Continue

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Ryanair and Aer Lingus are planning to run full schedules today.

Storm Lorenzo is bringing strong winds to Ireland today; and, while airlines are still planning to operate full flight schedules, travelers are still advised to double-check their flights before heading to the airport in case of sudden cancellations or delays. 

According to the UK’S Met Office, Lorenzo is set to track across Ireland on Thursday, bringing the strongest winds and heaviest rains to the Republic of Ireland. An Orange wind warning has been issued for Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick, with sustained winds ranging from approximately 40 to 50 mph, and a Yellow wind warning, with sustained winds ranging from approximately 30 to 40 mph, for the rest of the Republic of Ireland. A Yellow wind warning is also in effect for Cornwall, most of Devon and the coastal parts of southwestern Wales

After passing Ireland, the storm is expected to cross south Wales and southwest England on Friday. The storm is expected to weaken rapidly as it moves over land. 

“At the moment the strongest winds are expected in western Ireland, with a risk of coastal gales developing in Northern Ireland on Thursday and south Wales and south-west England on Friday,” said Andy Paige, a chief meteorologist with the Met Office, in a written statement. “Storm Lorenzo will also bring a spell of heavy rain to much of the UK mainly during Thursday night and the first half of Friday.”

Both Ryanair and Aer Lingus have said that they plan to operate full flight schedules Thursday, although travelers are still advised to check their flight status before heading to the airport. Should a flight be cancelled or delayed, passengers will have a number of options under European Union (EU) regulations, including a refund or rebooking in the case of a flight cancellation.

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