Met Éireann has issued a Level Orange Weather Warning (Storm Ciara) from Sunday February 9th 05.00 to 12.00 midday. Storm Ciara will produce very strong southwest winds with mean speeds of 65 to 80km/h and gusts generally up to 130km/h.
A combination of Spring Tides and high seas as well as stormy conditions will result in a significant risk of coastal flooding especially along coastal areas.
Cork County Council's Severe Weather Assessment Team convened in response to this weather warning and reviewed preparations. Council response crews have bneen put on notice and are on standby. Members of the public are advised to stay high, stay dry and stay away from the coast, rivers and lakes.
Cork County Council expects the main impact from Storm Ciara to include fallen trees and possibly structural damage from high winds and coastal flooding caused by the storm surge.
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 reminded to take additional care and be conscious of cyclists and pedestrians.
Motorists are advised to report issues such as fallen trees and road damage to their local Council office during working hours or to call the emergency number (021) 4800048.
Dursey cable car will not operate tomorrow (Sunday February 9th) as the cable car will not operate once wind speeds exceed 65km/hr. Visitors are advised to check www.corkcoco.ie and the Council’s social media accounts (@corkcoco) for updates. Cable car operations will recommence following inspection by Council staff.
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.
In the event of disruption to water supply, please contact Irish Water at 1850 278 278.
Cork County Council will continue to monitor this situation. Updates will be provided on Cork County Council’s website www.corkcoco.ie and also across the Council’s social media channels @Corkcoco.
Cork County Council is urging people to pay particular attention to the following:
At Home – Before the Storm:
· Tie down loose items outside that cannot be brought in.
· Have a torch, spare batteries and a battery radio ready
· Stay indoors –and keep pets in.
· Clear windowsills and close curtains to protect against flying glass.
· If gas, electricity or water supplies are cut off, contact if possible the relevant services.
· Keep in contact with family and neighbours especially people living alone.
At Home – After the Storm:
· As soon as it is safe, rope off or protect damaged areas to prevent injury from falling masonry, roof tiles or broken glass.
In the event of an emergency:
Call 999 or 112 and request the Fire Service, Ambulance Service, Gardaí or Irish Coastguard as appropriate.
DO NOT assume others will do this.
Further Notices will issue as more information comes to hand.