Storm Brendan: First weather warning in place as storm hits west coast

Storm Brendan: First weather warning in place as storm hits west coast
Storm Brendan: First weather warning in place as storm hits west coast

The first of two status orange wind warnings is in place as Storm Brendan tracks to the north west of the country.

All of Connacht, Donegal and Kerry have been on alert since 5am and that warning is valid until 9pm tonight.

From 8am this morning, a second alert will come into place for the rest of the country which is valid until 3pm.

Met Éireann is warning of a significant flood risk and damaging gusts of up to 130 km/h.

The National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management (NDFEM) says all coastal areas could experience coastal flooding.

Keith Leonard, head of the NDFEM, has warned people to stay away from exposed coastal areas for the duration of the storm.

“We would appeal to motorists to slow down and be aware of the very hazardous situations that could arise with debris and fallen trees and to be very aware of vulnerable road users as well,” said Mr Leonard.

The Irish Coast Guard is warning that breaking waves along the coast can be unpredictable and quickly drag you away.

“The centre of the storm is passing off the north-west coast of Ireland and is going to generate very strong winds – southerly winds in particular – up to storm force conditions which is quite severe,” said Gerard O’Flynn, Head of Irish Coast Guard Operations.

“On top of that, tides are at their peak and there will be very high tides so the combination of southerly winds and very high tides is going to lead to difficultlies along a lot of coastal areas.”

Local authorities have activated their local co-ordination and crisis management arrangements.

Dublin City Council is putting up flood defences in the capital and has closed the car parks at Clontarf and Sandymount.

Dublin City Council Senior Engineer, Colin Fitzpatrick says they are also taking steps along the River Dodder on the southside.

“We will be monitoring today the levels in the River Dodder and it is highly likely that some of the flood gates along the river in the Ballsbridge area, around the AIB-Aviva Stadium area may be closed for a period of time.”

Dublin Port Company will temporarily close public access to the Great South Wall (from 11am to 4pm) and the North Bull Wall Bridge (12 noon to 2.30pm).

Any power outages can be reported to ESB Networks on 1850-372-999, with the public being reminded to never approach or touch fallen electricity wires.

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