Storm Eva bears down on west coast

Storm Eva bears down on west coast

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Mountshannon during stormy weather earlier this year. Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
Mountshannon during stormy weather earlier this year. Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

Clare County Council has issued a storm warning for the entire county in advance of Storm Eva on Wednesday.

Met Éireann has issued an orange status wind alert and is warning that southerly winds veering southwest will bring mean speeds of 60 to 65km/h with gusts of 100 to 110km/h. Stronger winds of mean speeds of 65 to 80km/h and gusts of 120km/h are likely at times between 4.00pm and 9.00pm.

As a precautionary measure, Clare County Council is urging land, home and business owners, particularly those in low lying coastal areas, to take precautionary steps in light of the heightened flood risk posed by a combination of strong gale to storm force winds, a large sea swell and High Tides.

Meanwhile, the ESB has confirmed its decision to maintain the spill rate at Parteen Weir at 335 cubic metres per second (cumecs). Water levels along the Lower River Shannon at Springfield, Clonlara, are continuing to drop from their peak level of Sunday (13 December 2015).

Flooding advice is available on www.flooding.ie. Information included on the website includes advice on identifying flooding risks, protecting property against flooding, necessary steps to be taken if a property is flooded, and assessing and repairing property damaged by flooding.

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