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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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South Galway floods still serious

FARMERS and householders in Ardrahan and other areas of South Galway are still in serious difficulty with flood waters following the recent storms. There are concerns that further rain in the coming day days could exacerbate the situation in an area where thousands of acres have been flooded and some families have had to leave their homes. For some, it is a repeat of what happened a few years ago and they not be able reoccupy their home for a considerable period of time.

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The county is bracing itself for a further rise in groundwater levels.

Clare on flood alert

HAVING been battered by the terrible-twins, Storms Christine and Brigid, and with an estimated repair bill touching €30 million, Clare is now in grave danger of being swamped by further floodwater. Recent rainfall, coupled with the forecast of torrential rains at the weekend, has Clare County Council on red alert, with the risk of flooding in Ennis. The local authority, in conjunction with the emergency services, is putting contingency arrangements in place, both in terms of additional pumping capacity and other flood alleviation measures, at flood-prone locations along the River Shannon and River Fergus. Council engineers are continuing to monitor water levels on the River Fergus and Lower River Shannon and say the risk of flooding will increase as a result of further rainfall up to and including the weekend. County engineer Tom Tiernan has warned of the possibility of flooding in Ennis in the coming days. “There’s a risk; there’s no doubt about it. Things aren’t too bad at …

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