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Weather Alert for Clare

HIGH seas, coupled with high tides, are going to batter the the Clare coast over the next few days, leading to an increased risk of flooding.  There is also a warning for freezing temperatures, snow and ice, leading to dangerous road conditions in the coming days. The weather advisory is for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick. Met Éireann issued its latest weather warning on Tuesday (today). A status yellow wind warning has been issued for all of Ireland in an update to their previous warning. The current warning was issued at 5.30am on Tuesday and warns of mean winds speeds of 55 to 65 km/h with gusts of 90 to 110km/h. The warning is in effect until 3am on Wednesday.

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Ophelia causing damage across Clare

  THE impact of Hurricane Ophelia is being felt across Clare this afternoon, with trees down in numerous locations and many homes without power. Speaking to the Clare Champion Councillor Mike McKee said that about a third of homes in Shannon are without electricity, including many in the Ballycasey area. He also said a tree had fallen at Cluain Airne and a lamp post went down at Cill Cais. “It has been fairly wild over the last few hours, but I don’t think it’s as bad as when we had the last storm, three or four years ago,” he noted. Councillor McKee said that most business in Shannon Town Centre had closed, as had those in the Shannon Free Zone. He also said there have been dangerous driving conditions close to the airport, due to debris. In Ennis Councillor Mary Howard said the weather is very dangerous. “The gusts are very strong and its frightening,” she said. “My advice is …

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Search for renewable energy site

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural resources Alex White has launched a consultation process to identify potentially suitable land areas for the large-scale generation of onshore renewable electricity, including wind. Theresa O’Donohoe, coordinator of Clare Environmental Network, said “It is important that people participate in this consultation, especially when we are home to Moneypoint power station.How do you want your electricity generated? Where do you want it generated? What size generators would you like? Wind? Water? Waves? Solar? Geothermal? Biogas? How will the grid support it? What needs to happen the grid?” “This is the opposite of what happened with the National Renewable Energy Action Plan that has half the country up in arms. Rightly so – the NREAP consultation was exclusive and failed to secure any meaningful public participation. Nobody asked when, how and where to put the turbines and pylons, if at all.” Ms O’Donohoe said “You can be sure every developer will have their say but their …

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Storm Desmond hits Clare

2015’s weather is finishing off with a bit of a flourish with Storm Desmond reaching Clare, causing high winds and lots of flooding. Our pictures show some of the devastation, particularly in West Clare. An emergency number, 1890  252 943, has been set up to allow members of the public to report flooding, blocked roads or fallen trees. More on Storm Desmond and how it’s affecting Ennis flood defences here. [doptg id=”87″]  

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Fallen trees still have economic value

THE storm on Wednesday, February 12 was among the worst to hit Ireland since records began. Wind speeds hit up to 170kph, causing severe damage to forests. The worst affected area was the south of Ireland and the damage has been increased further by heavy rain and constant storms experienced by the country since December. Damage caused by wind is called wind-blow. Early reports suggest that wind-blow damage has occurred in recently thinned plantations and plantations older than 15 years. What should you do if your forest has been affected by wind-blow? If you own a forest that has been thinned or is older than 15 years, you should do the following: · Contact your local FEL forester for advice and a free site visit. Freephone 1800 719399; · FEL will carry out an assessment of the damage and provide advice as to what to do next; · If your forest is insured against wind-blow, FEL can assist you with …

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Storm shuts down Shannon

WITH another storm battering the county this Wednesday afternoon, Shannon Airport has closed temporarily. One small aircraft was blown by the wind to a point where one of its wings tipped the ground. In a statement it has said that due to the adverse conditions all operations have been suspended until 3.30pm. According to the airport website the last flight to leave Shannon was at11.30am this morning. The last arrival was just after 11am and two flights due to arrive from London have been cancelled. Also this afternoon a truck overturned on the Ennis-Limerick road while there are reports of trees falling all over the county. Meanwhile, Met Éireann has a red weather alert in force. Coastal areas will experience winds increasing from storm force 10 to violent storm with some severe gusts this afternoon. The Coast Guard particularly appeal to people to use common sense and not to place themselves in danger. The Coast Guard strongly advises the public …

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