‘Weather bomb’ from the Atlantic affects tens of thousands (VIDEOS) — Analysis

As Storm Barra struck, violent gusts at speeds of more than 150 km/h disrupted daily life in Ireland and Scotland and caused power outages.

The Atlantic storm, which broke earlier in week, ravaged numerous areas of the UK, Ireland, and the United States for at least two consecutive days. Dubbed the “Weather bomb” by forecasters, it cut off power for at least 38,000 homes and businesses, flooded dozens of properties, caused structural damage, and downed trees. 

The Irish Meteorological Service warned of “Life-threatening Situation.”

The storm’s severe and destructive winds struck while the UK was still reeling from Storm Arwen. Barra’s strongest gusts reached a speed of 156kmh (97mph) off the coast of west Cork in the Republic of Ireland. Average wind speed was about 110kmh (68mph). 

The announcement of red and orange weather warnings prompted school and childcare facility closings across many parts, including Dublin. It was advised that people should stay indoors and avoid the coasts.

However, despite warnings of the weather bomb’s threat, emergency teams received reports of storm-watchers even in status red areas. 

Others took the storm, named for Barra Best in Ireland’s weather forecaster, with a smile. 



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