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Fisherman Thomas Galvin after collecting equipment from his boat at Seafield Pier, Quilty on Tuesday afternoon as Storm Barra approached the country. Photograph by John Kelly

Warnings reiterated as Status Red weather alert comes into effect in Clare

AS THE weather warning for Clare is updated to Status Red, authorities are appealing to the public to stay safe and take precautions around power and travel.

Clare County Council is once again reminding members of the public to stay at home and avoid all travel as the Status Red wind warning for Clare comes into effect from 16:00 today, Tuesday, December 7, until 01:00 on Wednesday, December 8.

Met Éireann has advised that due to Storm Barra, north-westerly winds will reach mean speeds in excess of 80km/h with severe or damaging gusts in excess of 130km/h.

Due to a combination of high waves, storm surge and high tide, coastal flooding is expected and people should stay away from all coastal areas.

Keep your mobile phone charged as disruption to power and travel are likely.

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 Red warning tomorrow, Wednesday, 8th December, motorists should be aware that fallen trees, debris and localised flooding can be expected on the roads and should proceed with extreme caution.

Due to the combination of forecasted weather events, the offices and facilities of Clare County Council, including civic amenity sites and digital hubs, are closed on Tuesday, December 7.

A Status Yellow wind and rain warning for Ireland is in place valid from 12:05 on Tuesday, December 7, to 18:00 on Wednesday, December 8.

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.

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