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The Wild Atlantic Way: Rod Gallavan, of Kinnielty, Liscannor, and his dog Tia check out the sea conditions while out for a refreshing walk at Clahane on Wednesday afternoon as Storm Eunice approaches the country. Photograph by John Kelly

Orange weather alert for Clare on Friday morning

THERE is a Status Orange weather warning in place for Clare from the early hours of tomorrow morning with disruption to travel anticipated.

Storm Eunice will track quickly over Ireland tonight and Friday morning bringing severe and damaging winds for a time. Southwest or cyclonic winds becoming northwest will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80 km/h with gusts up to 130 km/h. Some coastal flooding, especially at high tide.

The warning is status red for counties Cork and Kerry. while other counties issued with orange warnings include Galway, Waterford, Wexford, Cork, Kerry, Waterford, Tipperary, Kilkenny, Carlow, Wicklow, Laois, Offaly, Dublin.

Currently Met Eireann says the warning is valid from 3am on Friday morning until at least 11am.

Clare County Council is also advising members of the public to avoid unnecessary travel where possible, but if you must travel, please slow down and take care when driving, and charge mobile phones before travelling. It is also advised to secure any street or outdoor furniture.

The public are warned electricity wires are always live, never approach. If you see fallen or damaged wires, keep clear and phone ESB Networks immediately on 1800-372999/021-2382410.

After the Status Orange warning, motorists should be aware that fallen trees, debris, localised flooding, and surface water can be expected on the roads in coastal areas and motorists should proceed with extreme caution.

The Council’s emergency phone number is 087-4169496 and the main Council Customer Support line will be open from 8.00am on Friday, 18th February, at 065-6821616.

For life-at-risk situations please dial 999.

Clare County Council will be monitoring the situation for any changes in the weather forecast and will issue further updates. In addition, please check Met Éireann for updates.

There will be heavy falls of rain, sleet and snow on Friday and disruption to travel can be expected.

Through the afternoon, winds will gradually ease and it will be cold with wintry showers of rain, hail and sleet. Afternoon temperatures of 2 to 6 degrees.

On Friday night there will be clear spells and wintry showers at first with moderate to occasionally fresh westerly winds.

Later in the night, rain will spread eastwards across the country, falling as sleet or snow in some areas. Lowest temperatures of -2 to +2 degrees with freshening southerly winds.

Saturday will start off wet with falls of rain, sleet and snow during the morning and turn to spells of rain and showers as milder air extends from the west.

Highest temperatures in the afternoon of 5 to 10 degrees with fresh and gusty west to southwest winds.

On Saturday night, temperatures will increase overnight as southwest winds increase strong and gusty and persistent or heavy rain spreads form the northwest.

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