Sat, 29/02/2020 - 09:36

Cork County Council’s Severe Weather Assessment Team convened at 19.30 Friday the 29th of February in response to this weather warning.  Council response crews have been put on notice and are on standby. 

An Orange Wind Warning is in effect (Storm Jorge) for tomorrow from 13.00 until 19.00 with a Yellow Wind Warning in effect before and after the Orange Warning from 9.00 to 13.00 and from 19.00 to 23.59.  A Status Red Marine Gale Warning with west to southwest Gale Force 8 to Storm Force 10 winds and occasionally Violent Storm Force 11 will extend to all Irish Coastal Waters and the Irish Sea Saturday morning and afternoon.

These severe gusts will extend from the Beara Peninsula to Youghal throughout Saturday from dawn.  Cork County Council is asking members of the public to avoid coastal areas during this time where wind speeds will be at their highest. Members of the public are advised to stay high, stay dry and stay away from the coast, rivers and lakes.

Property owners, residents and visitors are advised to prepare for this dangerous weather event, to protect property, to avoid unnecessary journeys and stay indoors during the warning periods. 

Cork County Council advises road users to be aware of the danger posed by high winds. Driving conditions may be hazardous with surface flooding possible.  Motorists are advised to avoid driving through flowing or standing water and to exercise caution during heavy wind and rain. Motorists are also asked to be conscious of cyclists and pedestrians.

Issues such as fallen trees and road damage can be reported to the local Council office during working hours (Monday to Friday 09.00 to 17.00) or via the emergency number (021) 4800048 outside of these hours.

It is likely Dursey Cable Car will not operate tomorrow.  This will accessed tomorrow morning and an update will issue regarding same.

The strong winds may give rise to localised power outages. In the event of disruption to power supply, please contact ESB Networks at 1850 372 999.  Fallen or grounded wires should be avoided and the public are advised call ESB in assisting with the identification of location of fallen wires.

In the event of disruption to water supply, please contact Irish Water at 1850 278 278.