Coast Guard issues weather warning

Coast Guard issues weather warning



Friday – 7.53am – Strong winds can make driving conditions hazardous. Winds are reported to be particularly strong in coastal areas this morning but the entire county is at risk.

Some flooding has also been reported on the Ennis to Ennistymon in a number of areas.

4.55pm – The Cliffs of Moher had to be closed for a time this afternoon because of the high winds but reopened in later in the afternoon.

Storm Erik lashing the promenade in Lahinch this morning – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

As storm force winds batter Co Clare this morning, the Irish Coast Guard is calling on the general public and all Mariners to heed the warnings and take appropriate action during Storm Erik.

The Coast Guard is asking users of smaller vessels to pay particular attention to the weather warnings and for the general public to be mindful of the risks on exposed areas in particular piers, walkways and cliff areas. The Coast Guard wishes to remind recreational walkers to

Stay Back, Stay High, Stay Dry

  • as sudden wind gusts or waves can result in serious accidents.
  • As always if you see anybody in trouble or think they are in trouble along the coast or at sea dial 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.
Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

The following Met Éireann warnings are in place:

YELLOW for Ireland (including Clare) – southwest to west winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65 km/h with gusts of 80 to 110 km/h. Along exposed Atlantic coasts these values may be exceeded for a while and with very high seas this will give the risk of coastal flooding.


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.