weather warnings

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    Met Éireann has extended its 'Status Orange' weather warnings to 13 counties which include Sligo, Mayo and Galway.

    Winds of up to 130 kilometres per-hour are set to hit m Callum makes landfall at around 10 o'clock tonight.

    The weather forecaster's warning of very strong south east and storm force winds.

    Harm Luijkx is a meteorologist with Met Eireann - and is warning people to avoid coastal areas.

     

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    Most of Connaught is today under an orange weather alert for snow and ice.

    While a  status red snow & ice warning now applies to Leinster, Munster & Galway, with sub-zero temperatures and significant snow accumulations expected.

    However, the blizzard conditions have passed, and the public safety advice to stay indoors has now been withdrawn.

    Nonetheless, large volumes of snow is falling on the erris pennisula this afternoon and roads in the area are described as very dangerous.

    About 200 homes and businesses in the Bangor Erris area are without electricity this afternoon and the ESB says restoration time is not known.

     Gardai across Co Mayo say all main roads are passable, but caution is needed on secondary and rural roads.

     The Road Safety Officer for Mayo, Noel Gibbons told Midwest News today that with an orange alert in place motorists need to take due caution.

    However, road conditions are a considerably  worse in parts of counties Roscommon and Galway.

    Schools and colleges across the West remain closed today, while public transport is  at a standstill.

    Ireland West Airport Knock, Shannon and Dublin Airports are closed today, and flights won’t resume until tomorrow.

    No train services are operating today.

    Businesses have also been severely impacted by the snow in recent days, as well as the arrival of Storm Emma. A number of business premises across the West closed early yesterday and are remaining closed today.

     

     

     

     

  • Met Eireann has extended its level red weather warning to Galway, where the public are asked to remain indoors until 6 pm this evening.

    The status red warning now applies to Leinster, Munster & Galway, with sub-zero temperatures and significant snow accumulations expected.

    A less severe status orange snow and ice warning is in place for the counties of Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal, Cavan & Monaghan.

    That warning remains in place until 6 pm this evening as forecasters expect scattered heavy snow showers and icy conditions.

    Storm Emma has brought heavy snow and blizzard-like conditions to parts of the country overnight- mainly in the east & southeast of the country.

    ESB Networks says 23,800 homes and businesses are without power – the majority of these in the East & Northeast of the country.

    Derek Hynes, operations manager with ESB Networks, said crews will have difficulty accessing regional areas to restore power.

    Thousands of homes have also been left without water with burst mains and boil notices in numerous areas - there are major issues in Galway and Wicklow.

    Schools and colleges across the West remain closed today, while public transport is practically at a standstill.

    Ireland West Airport Knock, Shannon and Dublin Airports are closed today, and flights won’t resume until tomorrow.

    No train services are operating today, and Bus Eireann has cancelled its intercity bus services, but say they may run some services in Connacht, depending on road conditions locally.

    Authorities say it could be several hours before the full extent of the damage is known.