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Storms response review

THE National Coordination Group met today to review the response to date, to assess the impact of the storms on infrastructure and communities and to ensure that the response of relevant goverment agencies and local authorities continues to be coordinated. Minister of State with responsibility for the OPW, Brian Hayes was among the attendance. Met Éireann reported that Ireland has been subject to a sequence of Atlantic storms since December 18, resulting in extreme wind conditions, episodes of heavy rainfall and lately storm surges associated with high tides and low pressure atmospheric conditions. It was noted that the new Met Éireann colour-coded weather warnings (red, orange and yellow) issued in accordance with the international meteo-alarm system was of assistance to the public, as well as to Government departments, local authorities, utilities and transport sector in understanding the threats posed by the weather situations. Safety messages had been responded to well by the public but, regrettably, one fatality was attributed to …

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Weather warning for motorists

MOTORISTS  have been cautioned by AA Roadwatch to exercise extreme care amid many incidents of flooding and excess surface water across many counties. Most of the flooding had receded by Monday afternoon when the rain gave way to bright sunshine but there cannot be any complacency in winter driving conditions. With more heavy rain forecast, AA Roadwatch advised motorists coming across floods not to drive through water unless certain it’s  not too deep for their car. The New Year looks like it will get off to a wet start, as a heavy band of rain is expected on Wednesday, Met Éireann said. There will be some respite on  New Year’s Eve, as the night looks like being mainly dry . However there will be showers is some southern and western coasts. By morning on New Year’s Day, heavy rain is expected for Munster and is forecast to spread to all areas early in the day . Met Éireann forecast that the …

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Electricity back in most areas

ELECTRICITY should  be restored to all homes in County Clare by the end of the day, according to the ESB. Power outages occurred in many areas, as a result of the storm-force winds of recent days. Throughout the West and South-West, ESB repair crew had a very busy few days dealing with power lines brought down by falling trees and damage to high voltage lines. In the Ennis area, as many as 200 houses were without electricity up to Sunday afternoon, while pockets of other parts of the county were also affected. Met Éireann’s forecast is for continued bad weather with a warning to motorists to watch out for ice on roads, especially minor roads, in the event of temperatures dropping below freezing on wet surfaces.  

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Red weather alert for Clare

A RED alert weather warning has been issued by Met Éireann.  The wind warning covers the western coastal counties of Clare, Galway, Mayo and Kerry, as well as Wexford and Waterford in the south-east. Severe and damaging gusts of up to 140kmh are expected this evening. The gusts will reach 150kmh in more exposed coastal areas. Met Éireann have also warned of “very high seas” with a significant danger of coastal flooding. The red alert is in place for almost 24 hours – from 5pm today to 3pm tomorrow. The most serious weather alert is red, which means people should take action to protect themselves and/or their property. Met Eireann issued amber alert yesterday for today’s storm – but they upgraded this for some parts of the country before noon today. An amber alert remains in place for the remainder of the country. Meanwhile, motorists have been warned to watch out for falling trees and debris. A Met Éireann spokesperson said, “Southeast …

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