Householders and businesses in Cork have been advised to take urgent precautions. Photo:Ganapathy Kumar/Unsplash

Highest supermoon spring tides of 2024 expected

Householders and businesses in Cork have been advised to take urgent precautions ahead of what is expected to be one of the highest supermoon spring tides of 2024.

Last night, Met Eireann issued a High Tide Advisory warning starting this morning (Friday) and running until Monday evening.

Cork County Council has activated its protocol with pumping arrangements deployed at coastal flooding hotspots across the county. Property owners and residents at known coastal risk locations are advised to take the usual necessary precautions.

In the city, high tides are predicted to cause minor localised flooding along low-lying quays including Morrison’s Quay, Mathew Quay, Mathew Street, Union Quay, Trinity Bridge, South Terrace, Rutland Street, Sawmill Street, Lavitt's Quay, Kyrl's Street, Kyrl's Quay, Crosses Green, Proby’s Quay, Sharman Crawford St, and Wandesford Quay.

Cork City Council’s Flood Assessment Team said it is monitoring the situation closely and will continue to issue regular updates on the tidal forecast to its X (Twitter) feed @corkcitycouncil as well as the City Council’s Website

An update on Saturday's predicted conditions is expected shortly.

Anyone affected by flooding is advised to call 999 or 112 and request the fire service, ambulance service, gardaí or Irish coastguard as appropriate.