Weather Alert - Ireland

NATURAL DISASTER WARNINGS

Met Eireann has issued an advisory warning for Ireland for the next couple days.

Met Eireann says that very stormy weather is en route to Ireland and the UK with gusts of over 100km/h, very heavy rain and thunderstorms!

What we know

  • The cyclone is set to bring 100km/h winds and thundery rain
  • Met Eireann issued four day Weather alert
  • Weather advisory is in place from Sunday 18th, until Friday 23rh  in the morning
  • There is a high risk of coastal flooding
  • At the moment there is no mass cancellation of flight in the Dublin airport

 

See UPDATES for the latest news!

18/10/2020 at 13:10 GMT+2

  • A Status Yellow rainfall warning has been issued for the entire country
  • Met Eireann issue Status Yellow torrential rain and flood warning

19/10/2020 at 09:00 GMT+2

  • Cork is set to be battered by heavy rain today and both urban and rural areas have been warned that floods could be on the way
  • Strong and gusty south or southwest winds, brings a risk of coastal flooding in some areas

19/10/2020 at 19:00 GMT+2

  • Cork City Council warns of flood risk from Monday evening. A flood warning will be active until Tuesday morning

20/10/2020 at 08:00 GMT+2

  • Ireland will be hit by high winds, thunder, heavy rain and flooding today
  • Strong wind warning for Waterford, Wexford, Kerry and Cork area

22/10/2020 at 17:15 GMT+2

  • Yellow rainfall warning has been issued for counties Galway and Mayo
  • A Yellow wind warning has been issued for Donegal, Cork Kerry, Clare, Wexford, Waterford and Galway

23/10/2020 at 08:07 GMT+2

  • The yellow wind warning is in place from midnight 23rd October, until 11 am on Saturday
  • A yellow wind warning is for Cork, Waterford and Wexford area

Weather Alert - Ireland - Safety Advice

Although rare in Ireland, severe weather emergencies such as storms and hurricanes have caused damage to properties in the past. In case of such emergencies, Met Eireann will immediately respond to international weather warnings and issue public service weather alerts to local authorities. Your local authority will have arrangements in place to receive and respond promptly to these alerts.

Each local authority is required by the Framework for Major Emergency Management to have a sub-plan for responding to severe weather emergencies. A national framework for response to severe weather emergencies is being developed to ensure that all existing local severe weather plans are appropriately coordinated and linked.

For more information about types of emergencies in Ireland, please see Irish government official Publication document- Types of Emergencies 

 

How to prepare for Severe Weather 

  • Postpone outdoor activities
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away and cause damage
  • Know your evacuation routes
  • Be aware of your location
  • Get Emergency supplies
  • Make a plan in case of disaster
  • Keep a list of emergency numbers handy
  • Make sure important documents are safe in waterproof containers
  • Be prepared for power outages
  • Charge your mobile phone to ensure you have a reception
  • Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area

How to stay safe

  • Take safe shelter immediately inside a sturdy building, away from windows, doors and electrical appliances.
  • If there is no shelter around you, stay away from trees
  • Avoid metal
  • Stay out of water
  • Don't use your cell phone during a thunderstorm
  • Floodwater is dangerous – never drive, walk or ride through floodwater
  • Floodwater is toxic – never play or swim in floodwater
  • Avoid landline telephones and unplug all unnecessary electrical appliances, as telephone lines and metal pipes conduct electricity
  • Do not go outside to repair damage while the storm is in progress
  • Open internal doors only as needed, and close them behind you

After

  • Be careful not to touch any electrical/telephone cables that have been blown down or are still hanging
  • Do not walk too close to walls, buildings and trees as they could have been weakened
  • Avoid flooded areas
  • Check your home and property for damage.
  • Do not drive through affected areas unless it is necessary
  • Use the internet, radio and local media for news updates

 

Emergency Numbers in Ireland

There are two emergency numbers in Ireland — 112 and 999. Both are free of charge to call. Call the emergency services by dialling 112 or 999 from a mobile or fixed phone line!