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Road Safety Alert for high winds

The Road Safety Authority (RSA), is asking road users to exercise caution, as Met Éireann have issued an orange weather warning of strong winds for Clare, Limerick, Leitrim, Sligo, Cork and Kery until Saturday evening. Southwesterly winds reaching mean speeds of 65 to 80 km/h and gusts of 110 to 130 km/h likely. High ground and exposed coasts will be most at risk. A forecast of strong and gusty winds with mean speeds of 55 to 75 km/hr with gusts of 85 to 100 km/hr have also been issued to counties Galway, Mayo and Donegal for the same period.

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Cold and wet winter in Clare, stats show

IT was a fairly cold winter in Clare, Met Éireann figures have indicated. Met Éireann defines winter as December, January and February and it found that mean temperatures for the period were 0.2 degrees below what would be expected. Meanwhile rainfall for the season was 17% above average, while the amount of sunshine was 12% above average. Met Éireann also released statistics for the month of February, which also reflected a cold and wet month. The mean temperature was nearly a full degree below average for the time of year, while the amount of rainfall was 20% above normal. There was five per cent less sunshine than average.

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Orange Weather Alert

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is advising all road users to take extreme care when using the roads this weekend as Met Éireann has issued an orange weather alert warning of extreme winds from Saturday afternoon through to early Sunday morning. The forecast is for south-westerly winds, veering west, with mean speeds of 65 to 80km/h, reaching gusts of 110 km/h and130km/h, in exposed coasts and headlands, for a time on Saturday evening and early night. There will be high seas and some high tides and coastal flooding is possible. The RSA also advises road users to: Beware of objects being blown out onto the road and to expect the unexpected. In particular watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road. Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds. High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds. Drivers should allow extra space around vulnerable road users such as …

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Weather Alert: high winds

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is advising all road users to take extreme care when using the roads, as Met Éireann has issued an orange weather alert warning of winds of up to 65 to 80 km/h for exposed coastal and hilly areas of Clare, Limerick, Galway, Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Cork and Kerry until Tuesday morning. There will be high seas and some high tides and coastal flooding is possible. Winds will veer westerly during the afternoon (Monday) and northwesterly overnight. The RSA also advises road users to: • Beware of objects being blown out onto the road and to expect the unexpected. In particular watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road. Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds. High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds. • Drivers should allow extra space around vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists as they may …

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Weather alert: Frost, sleet and snow

We can prepare for frost, sleet and snow is over the next few days, according to Met Éireann. Showery rain will develop near western coasts during this afternoon (Monday) with some sleet or wet snow this evening inland in western counties. Highest afternoon temperatures of 3 or 4 degrees C. in most areas, about 6 or 7 degrees C. on parts of the west coast. Tonight will be very cold and frosty and icy. Showery rain will occur on western and northern coasts overnight, with snow showers expected inland, these mostly affecting parts of Ulster, Connacht and west Munster. Minimum temperatures 0 to minus 5 Celsius with the risk of some freezing fog patches in some eastern areas Tomorrow, Tuesday will be cold and wintry in places in the morning with widespread frost and ice. A mix of hail, sleet and snow showers in places, but these will become confined to western and northern coastal areas in the afternoon and …

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It’s gone to Red Alert

Met Éireann has issued a Status Red weather warning – its highest level – which could impact on areas of the Clare coast that were badly high by major storms a year ago. As Storm Rachel approaches, the wind warning applies to exposed coastal and mountain areas in  Clare, Limerick, Kerry, Galway, Sligo, Mayo and Donegal. “Wind gusts 130 to 150km/h possible,” the warning states, with “high onshore seas also”. The warning was issued at 2pm today (Wednesday), and is valid until noon tomorrow. Status Red warnings from Met Éireann are relatively rare. Following a meeting of Clare County Council Local Co-ordination Committee on Tuesday, the local authority established an Emergency Call Centre for the public. The emergency number 1890 252 943 has been established for members of the public to report fallen trees, blocked roads and flooding. The number was operational from 8pm on Wednesday evening. Describing what action should be taken in the event of a red warning, the Met Éireann website states, “Recipients take action to protect themselves and/or their properties. “This could be by moving their families out of the danger zone temporarily; by staying indoors; or by other specific actions aimed at mitigating the …

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Overnight snow turns to storm

Drivers have been facing treacherous road conditions on their journey this morning (Wednesday) following heavy overnight snowfall. The main roads were gritted through the night by Clare County Council personnel but drivers are being warned they still need to exercise caution. Roads which were badly affected include: Ennis-Kilrush Ennis-Ennistymon The M18 motorway Shannon Town Kilmaley The hill at Kilnamona The Hand Kilcolgan and Ardrahan in Co. Galway While thaw is setting in, back roads are likely to remain slippery for several hours to come. Power cuts have also been reported in Smxilebridge, Tulla, Killaloe and Lahinch. At one point the ESB said nearly 800 customers were affected. Services on the rail-line between Ennis and Athenry have been suspended due to frozen points. Bus Éireann says most services are running with delays, though the Scariff-Clonlara-Limerick service was cancelled. It will be a case of snow to heavy rain and stormy conditions later today. Met Éireann is warning of heavy rain showers this …

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Severe weather on the way

Clare County Council has received notification from Met Éireann warning that a severe storm will develop to affect western fringe counties, including Clare, from approximately midday tomorrow, Wednesday until mid-morning on Thursday. Wind gusts of up to 130km/hr are likely to prevail over the period and the storm will also incorporate periods of significant rainfall. “While the entire county will be affected, the most extreme impacts are likely to be along the coastline. The advice is not to venture out or to drive on exposed roads while these conditions prevail,” said a council spokesperson.

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