LIVE Updates: Dennis whipping up a storm in Clare

LIVE Updates: Dennis whipping up a storm in Clare

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Updates:

Sunday

1.55pm

Fire crews from Shannon are dealing with a fallen tree at Clonmoney West. Approach with caution.

Gusts of 62 knots (115km/h) were recorded at Shannon Airport this morning. No flights to or from Shannon have been affected to date however two services from Cork have diverted to the mid-west airport because of high winds there.

ESB crews are working to restore power in an number of areas including Kilkee, Kilfenora, Kilmaley, Ennis, Ruan and Corofin.

11.30am

Debris reported on the N18 northbound between junction 6 (Bunratty) and junction 7 (Sixmilebridge).

Thunder storms and heavy hail showers reported in North Clare.

The scene at high tide in Lahinch this morning – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2020

Saturday

10.40pm – Over 660 homes are without power in the Miltown Malbay/Spanish Point area this evening. The ESB says crews are working to repair a fault have given an ‘estimated restore’ time of 1.45am Sunday.

6.30pm – A group of kayakers had a lucky escape this afternoon after they got into difficulty on the River Aille near Doolin. Read more here.

3.20pm – Access to Clahane from Liscannor side is flooded and impassable.

1.40pm – Met Éireann has upgraded the wind warning for Clare to Status Orange.

The warning is for Southwest winds with mean speeds of 60 to 80 km/h with severe gusts of up to 120km/h, strongest on exposed hills and coasts, with a risk of coastal flooding.

The warning, issued at 1.30pm today, is valid from 10.00am to 10.00pm on Sunday, February 16th.

Clare is braced for another storm which has already caused some disruption around the county.

Met Éireann is warning that Storm Dennis will bring very wet and very windy weather today with some severe/damaging gusts.

Spot flooding is being reported across the county including the Ennistymon to Lahinch road; the Lahinch to Liscannor road (particularly on the stretch by Lahinch Golf Club).

The coast road at Clahane near Liscannor is covered in debris including large rocks washed up from the shore.

A Status Yellow Wind warning is also in place for entire country. Very squally Southerly winds veering South-westerly with mean speeds 50 to 65 km/h gusts to around 100 km/h, strongest on exposed coasts and hills. Winds moderating from the North-west later.

Met Éireann has said: “Outbreaks of rain will occur widely, accompanied by strong to gale force southerly winds. The rain will be squally at times with a risk of embedded thunderstorms. Localised flooding is expected with some coastal overtopping.“

The effects of Storm Dennis will also continue on Sunday which will be a very windy day with stormy conditions in Atlantic coastal counties.

Widespread heavy squally showers have also been forecast with a risk of hail and thunder. Some of the showers may turn wintry on higher ground according to Met Éireann.

Met Éireann warning systems explained.

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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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