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Storm Doris approaches

A NATIONWIDE Status Yellow weather warning has been issued by Met Éireann. The warning, issued at 10am this morning, states, “A rapidly deepening wave depression will track eastwards over northern parts of Ireland later Wednesday night and early on Thursday.” Storm Doris will bring a period of severe winds and heavy rain, with snow on northern hills. “Strong to gale force southwest winds will develop overnight and become gale force northwesterly by Thursday morning with severe gusts, especially in northern and eastern areas.” The warning is valid from a minute past midnight on Thursday morning until 11am later that day. Storms with the potential to cause substantial impact are named by the British Met Office and Met Éireann, moving through the alphabet. The first was named Abigail in November 2015, after members of the public suggested monikers for the Name Our Storms project. The forecasters are now in their second run of the alphabet – after Doris, people can expect …

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It’s snow time in Clare

County Clare experienced its first snow of 2017 today (Thursday).  The snow was was mainly on higher ground early on but as night approaches it may well become more widespread. The gardaí and AA Roadwatch have issued warnings in relation to travel, asking motorists and pedestrians to exercise particular care. Met Éireann has forecast more sleet and snow  arriving from the north west through Connacht and into Munster. Clare Champion photographer John Kelly braved the cold to capture some of the beauty of the snow-capped high ground.

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Status yellow weather warning

MET Éireann has issued a nationwide status yellow weather warning, while Clare County Council is advising the public to exercise caution if visiting exposed coastal areas over the weekend due to high spring tides, aggressive sea conditions and strong winds. High spring tides are expected each morning and evening over the next few days. MET Éireann has forecast blustery showers this afternoon with a few bright intervals. Some of the showers will possibly be heavy at times. Winds will be fresh to strong and gusty south to southeast in direction but very strong along the south and southwest coast. Temperatures will reach highs of 18 or 20 degrees Celsius. Tonight there will be further outbreaks of showery rain, with a risk of some heavy bursts and some spot flooding. Lowest temperatures will be around 14 degrees Celsius. Winds will become strong to very strong and gusty southwesterly overnight but reaching gale force along the south coast.

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High winds alert for Clare

Clare County Council has today (Tuesday) issued a wind alert for the entire county for overnight and early Wednesday. Met Éireann is warning that westerly winds, veering northwest will increase to mean speeds of 65 to 75km/h with gusts of 110 to 130km/h at times overnight in exposed areas, especially in the coastal fringes, with high sea also. The council is warning members of the public in County Clare to avoid exposed coastal locations throughout Tuesday night and early on Wednesday. Meanwhile, motorists are being warned to take extra care on roads this evening and overnight as three weather warnings have been issued for a number of places in Ireland. Met Éireann has issued an Orange Weather Warning for strong winds for counties Galway, Mayo, Clare, Kerry, Limerick and Waterford, where westerly winds veering northwest are expected to reach speeds of 65 to 75km/h with gusts of 110 to 130km/h at times overnight. The rest of Ireland has also been …

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Orange Weather Warning for Clare

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is advising all road users today (Monday) to take extreme care when using the roads, as Met Éireann has issued an Orange Weather Warning for strong winds until midnight tonight in counties Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick. Southwest to west winds will reach mean speeds between 65 and 80 km/h with gusts between 110 and 130 km/h throughout the day. Winds will peak during this afternoon and evening and will be at their strongest along the coasts. For advice on severe weather driving tips see severe weather advice on the RSA website or check out the RSA Facebook and Twitter pages. For more weather updates visit Met Eireann’s website www.met.ie

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Status Orange weather warning

Clare County Council has issued a weather warning in advance of forecasted storm force conditions overnight and during the early part of Friday. Met Eireann has introduced a Status Orange warning for Clare and is forecasting that Storm Gertrude will bring southwest winds later veering westerly and increasing to 65 to 80 km/h overnight with potential gusts of 110 to 130 km/h. Clare County Council is advising members of the public to exercise caution in exposed coastal locations.

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Exercise caution on the roads

The Road Safety Authority (RSA), has today (Monday) issued a reminder to all road users to continue to exercise caution when using the roads. Even though weather conditions have improved, road conditions in parts of the country are still hazardous due to the continued presence of flooding on roads. There is also the added danger posed by storm damaged road surfaces and gravel / stones deposited by surface water, especially on regional roads. The RSA advises the following: Driver behaviour needs to match the road conditions on roads. Debris deposited by the recent rainwater (surface run off) and wet roads will reduce grip so drivers are asked to slow down and increase braking distances, by leaving a bigger gap between vehicles. DO NOT attempt to drive through flooded roads as stranded cars are causing obstruction and a hazard in some locations. Pay attention to any advice or signage that either the local authorities or the gardaí have in place for road closures …

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Severe weather alert: Don’t travel

As Storm Frank approaches, the Clare Emergency Coordination Group has advised members of the public against all unnecessary travel overnight tonight (Tuesday) due to forecast severe weather. Land, home and business owners, particularly those in low lying coastal areas and flood prone locations, are being advised to take precautionary steps in light of the heightened flood risk posed by a combination of strong gale to storm force winds, a large sea swell, high tides and already saturated ground. 20-30mm of rainfall was recorded across County Clare during Monday, with a further 25-35mm forecast by Met Éireann from this afternoon until late Wednesday morning. Clare County Council says standard operating and response procedures are in place in the event of flooding incidents occurring. An out-of-hours emergency number (087-4169496) is in operation to deal with requests for assistance from the public in relation to incidences of flooding. Clare County Council says a dedicated Emergency Helpline will be established should there be an escalation in the number of calls received. Clare …

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