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Storm Brian: Wind warning in place!

Friday, 20th October, 2017 9:56am

Batten down the hatches, Brian is on the way!

Storm Brian, that is, and while he won’t be bringing winds as strong as Ophelia did last Monday, Cork has been warned that there is a status orange wind warning in place until 6pm Saturday. 

Met Éireann has issued the orange wind warning for the Cork coast as well as coasts of Mayo, Galway, Clare, Kerry, Waterford and Wexford.

They have forecasted that there will be west to southwest winds, veering northwest, that will reach mean speeds of 65-80km/h with gusts 110-130km/h. 

Cork County Council has warned that a tidal surge coinciding with high tides is expected to occur this evening at about 6pm.

This has the potential to cause tidal flooding across low lying areas in Bantry, Clonakilty, Youghal and Midleton.

Cork County Council will have sand bags available at Council depots for these four areas from this morning.

In light of the imminent wind warning, Cork County Council asks members of the public to avoid coastal areas, exercise extreme caution in relation to trees/structures that may have been affected by storm Ophelia. 

They also request landowners to check trees on roadside boundaries which may have been affected by storm Ophelia and could pose a risk. 

Road users are urged to be aware overhanging tree limbs, surface water, remaining debris while drains and gullies continue to be cleared by council crews. 

Meanwhile, Cork City Council has warned that heavy rainfall is expected throughout the day today and is advising motorists to exercise caution. 

The Council said that there is a minor risk of flooding at Morrisons Island, South Terrace and Wandesford Quay from 5.30 - 7.30pm due to high tides.  

It is expected that the main impact of any tidal flooding will only be on traffic, the City Council has said. 

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