Storm Callum could bring coastal flood risk

Storm Callum could bring coastal flood risk

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Lahinch taking a pounding during Storm Eleanor in January 2017 – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Following Met Éireann’s Status Orange Weather Advisory fClare County Council is warning members of the public in County Clare to avoid exposed coastal locations from this Thursday evening through to Friday afternoon due to forecast stormy conditions.

Strong winds associated with the storm, named Callum under the Met Éireann / UK Met Office storm naming system, coinciding with high spring tides will affect Ireland on Thursday night and Friday morning.

Winds will be strongest overnight and early on Friday, gusting between 110 and 130 km/h at coasts. High seas along the Clare coastline, including the Shannon Estuary, will bring a risk of coastal flooding.

Clare County Council has indicated that any coastal areas which have previously flooded are at risk and people in such situations are advised to take appropriate precautions.

Members of the public are advised to refer to local media and Clare County Council’s social media accounts (www.instagram.com/clarecountycouncil / www.twitter.com/clarecoco /  www.facebook.com/clarecountycouncil).

Visit www.winterready.ie for more information on preparing for storms and other inclement weather.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is also asking road users to exercise caution while using the roads on Thursday night and Friday morning.

The RSA is asking road users to check local weather and traffic conditions and be aware of the conditions before setting out on a trip.

The RSA has the following advice for road users:

  • Beware of objects being blown out onto the road. Expect the unexpected.
  • Watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road
  • Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds. High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds
  • Allow extra space between you and vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists
  • Drive with dipped headlights at all times

Advice to Pedestrians, Cyclists and motorcyclists:

  • Be seen. Wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt.
  • Take extra care when crossing the road or cycling in extremely windy conditions as a sudden gust of wind could blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

 

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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