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January rain 72% above average

THE month of January saw a huge amount of rainfall at Shannon, Met Éireann figures show. While the amount of rainfall was above average everywhere, at few weather stations was it as extreme as Shannon, where it was 72% above average. Temperatures were very much in line with what is to be expected, while the amount of sunshine was slightly above normal.

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Clare on orange alert

WIND gusts of up to 130 kilometres per hour could hit County Clare this Wednesday, Met Éireann has warned. The forecaster predicts that sustained westerly winds will be between 60 and 70 kilometres per hour, and that seas will be high throughout this afternoon. Aer Lingus has cancelled a number of inbound and outbound services from Shannon Airport as a result of adverse weather.Intending passengers are advised to contact their airlines. A status orange weather warning is in place for Clare, along with Mayo, Galway, Limerick, Waterford and Wexford, while the most serious warning, a status red alert, has been issued for Cork and Kerry. Tonight will be cold, with occasional showers, with some hail, sleet and snow in places. Lowest temperatures will zero or -1 C., with frost and icy patches also. It will be windy for a time but the blustery westerly winds will moderate further later on.  

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Clare battered by storm

COUNTY Clare is once again counting the cost of storm and flood damage after the spring tides brought their expected fall-out in many coastal areas on St Bridget’s Day. A  Met Éireann weather warning remains in place for this Saturday night. Many road were impassable this morning, while thousands of homes, mainly in  North and Mid-Clare, were left without power. The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre remains closed all day due to hazardous conditions there. Things came to a head about 6 o’clock this morning, when the sea surged in at Lahinch Promenade and Quilty, while the Strandline wall in Kilkee  was  also damaged. This time round, Killimer and Moyasta were badly affected along the estuary. Flooding also occurred at Clarecastle bridge, as well as on the road at Bunratty. The river at the Black Weir Bridge, near the Clare Inn, burst its banks, while the main Ennis to Kildysart Road, at Ballicorrick also flooded. Further flooding has been reported in …

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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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