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ISME weather warning to employers

Employers have been advised to remain vigilant this week due to anticipated worsening of weather conditions over the next couple of days and the possibility of a “Red weather warning” being issued later on in the week. “Unlike Ophelia, we now have the opportunity to prepare for this event and we advise employers to take time to put measures in place to reduce the potential business impact this warning could have”, a spokesperson for ISME, the employers’organisation has cautioned. During Ophelia, widespread business closures occurred at short notice. While it is very possible that business closures will not be necessary on this occasion, businesses should prepare for the possibility. “As employers have a duty of care for all employees under the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act, a key consideration needs to be whether, in the circumstances, it is safe to ask employees to travel to work, or to undertake their work. The potential risk could be greater for …

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Storm Fionn on the way

As Storm Fionn approaches, Met Éireann has no fewer than four weather warnings in place. It’s very cold across the country today (Tuesday), with wintry showers and strong winds. A status orange wind warning has come into effect for Clare, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Cork and Kerry, with gusts of up to 120kph due and a risk of coastal flooding. A status yellow wind warning is in place for Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Roscommon, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford, with gusts expected up to 110kph. A yellow snow-ice warning is in effect for Ireland with temperatures expected to drop to minus one tonight. One to three centimetres of snow is anticipated, most especially in Ulster, Connacht and north Leinster with higher accumulations on hills and mountains. A status yellow warning is also in place for high seas along Atlantic Seaboard over the next few days, leading to an increased risk of coastal flooding from Donegal to Kerry. “The weather is very disturbed …

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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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Storm Eva weather warning for Clare

There was further misery for people in flood-hit areas of Clare and Galway as Met Éireann issued a status orange weather warning on Tuesday with a storm forecast for Wednesday afternoon and evening. The Met office issued the Status Orange wind warning for counties along the West coast from Clare to Donegal on Tuesday with the promise of “southerly winds veering southwest of mean speeds of 60 to 65km/h gusting 100 to 110km/h expected, with stronger winds of mean speeds of 65 to 80km/h with gusts of 120km/h at times”. Winds were set to peak between 4pm and 9pm with the warning in effect until 1pm on Wednesday after which residents of the counties were warned that a developing storm is expected to track to the west and north west on Wednesday afternoon and night. Meteorologists expect Storm Eva to track to the west and northwest of Ireland bringing severe winds to coastal counties of the west and northwest of …

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Storm and flood warning for Clare

STORM and flooding expected this weekend could be “as extreme” as earlier this month, a senior Clare County Council engineer warned on Friday. Clare  County Council issued a flood and storm warning on Thursday for the entire county in advance of severe weather conditions that are expected over the next few days. On Friday afternoon Tom Tiernan, senior engineer, transportation, with Clare County Counil released a statement reminding people that an Orange Met Eireann weather alert pertains at present in respect of the county until Saturday night, February 1 and warning against unnecessary travel. “Storm and flooding activity is likely to be most severe in coastal areas including the Shannon Estuary where the high Spring tide of early Saturday morning will coincide with a substantial tidal surge and severe on-shore Westerly and South Westerly winds – conditions then will potentially be as extreme as they were during the coastal storms of early January,” Mr Tiernan stated. “In addition, this mornings …

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Weather warning for Clare

CLARE County Council is urging home and business owners, particularly those in low lying coastal areas, to take precautionary steps in view of Met Éireann’s weather advisory for the coming days. Coastal locations in the West of Ireland are expected to be affected by heavy rainfall, tidal surges and severe gales on Thursday night and Friday. Clare County Council, in conjunction with the Emergency Services, says it is progressing contingency arrangements in terms of additional pumping capacity and other flood alleviation measures at flood prone locations. The Council confirmed that river levels have increased significantly over the past week, and arrangements have been put in place to continuously monitor the situation. In light of the high river levels, land, home and business owners along with motorists are being urged to exercise increased vigilance concerning the potential for localised flooding. Flooding advice is available on www.flooding.ie. Information included on the website includes advice on identifying flooding risks, protecting property against flooding, …

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