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  • Met Eireann says its monitoring the level of rainfall expected over the coming days amid fears of flooding.

    Farmers along the River Shannon are concerned following storms Ciara and Dennis.

    A yellow rainfall warning is in place for Connacht, Donegal, Longford, Clare and Tipperary.

    Meanwhile, residents in Crossmolina are keeping a close eye on the levels of the River Deel.

    Cathaoirleach of the Ballina Municipal District Cllr. Michael Loftus says luckily there is no immediate threat of flooding in Crossmolina, however he is disappointed in the delay of approving a bypass for the River Deel.

  • Due to the Status Yellow and Orange Weather Warnings issued by Met Eireann for Saturday and Sunday, February 8 & 9, Mayo County Council have a number of measures in place

     

    As a result of the warnings, The Flood Action Plan has been activated for Crossmolina due to potential heavy rainfall and high water levels in the River Deel.

     

    The R313 Belmullet to Blacksod will be closed from 3am – 9am on Saturday Morning, February 8th and from 3am-10am on Sunday Morning, February 9th. Local Diversions in place due to anticipated tidal flooding.

     

    A number of further road closures are possible in the West Mayo area due to the expected arrival of Storm Ciara on Saturday night, allied with high tide and storm surge on the Mayo coast expected at 6am on Sunday morning.

     

    • the L5840 Old Coast Road from Westport Quay and the local road at Carrowholly, Westport, known as The Barrier, could be closed to traffic for a time.

     

    As a result of the alert in place for wind and coastal flooding for Mayo a number of local roads in coastal parts could also be closed at various times over the course of the weekend.

     

    Mayo County Councils Severe Weather Assessment Team will  monitor the situation over the days ahead.

     

    Further information, including times of any road closures, will be posted on Mayo County Council’s website and Social Media channels.

     

    In the event of a change to Met Eireann’s forecast these plans will be reviewed.

  • A snow and ice warning remains in place for Connacht until 11 am this morning.

    The warning was effective from 6pm yesterday evening, with Met Eireann forecasting wintry showers that will bring some accumulations of snow, especially on high ground.

    AA Roadwatch is warning that road conditions are slippery this morning in parts of Sligo, Roscommon and east Galway - particularly on the M6 and M18 near Galway city following hail showers in the Athenry area.

    Several collision have already taken place on these roads, so extra caution is needed.

    Sleet showers have been reported across Co Mayo, and frost in places have left some roads in a slippery condition.

    Motorists are advised to leave extra time to de-ice their vehicle before setting out, and slow down on icy roads, staying further back from the vehicle in front.

     

     

  • Met Eireann has issued another status yellow snow &ice warning for the entire country.

    Scattered snow showers can be expected tonight and tomorrow morning, with small accumulations possible.

    Showers will be most frequent in the west and north of the country.

    Met Eireann is warning of slippy roads and footpaths due to accumulation of ice on untreated surfaces.

    The warning is in place from 9pm tonight until 12 noon tomorrow.

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    A status yellow snow-ice warning has been issued for Ireland from midnight tonight until midnight tomorrow.

    Met Eireann says wintry showers will give accumulations of up to 3 cm of snow, with larger amounts on higher ground.

    There's also a status yellow wind warning in place for Munster, Leinster and Galway from 3pm this afternoon until 8pm this evening.

    Gusts of up to 110 km per hour are expected.

    Separately there is a rainfall warning for the day for Connacht, Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal.

  • The West of Ireland looks set to be hit by very wet and windy weather in the coming hours and days as Storm Gareth approaches.

    Met Eireann has issued a status orange wind warning for tomorrow, for counties Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal.

    The warning is in place from 12 noon tomorrow until 9am Wednesday morning, with damaging gusts of up to 130 km/h. There's also the risk of coastal flooding, due to high seas.

    A status yellow wind warning is in place for the rest of the country tomorrow.

    Met Eireann has also issued a status yellow rainfall warning for Connacht, with heavy rain followed by squally showers leading to a risk of rainfall accumulations of around 25 mm.

    The rainfall warning is valid from 6pm this evening to 6am tomorrow morning.

    Met Eireann is advising of a wet and windy night tonight with outbreaks of heavy rain.

    Tomorrow will bring a mix of scattered showers and sunny spells, with longer spells of rain in the afternoon, and turning increasingly windy tomorrow with strong to gale force winds in the afternoon, and potentially damaging gusts in coastal areas by tomorrow evening.

     

  • Winds are picking up in strength as Storm Lorenzo hits the West coast, with the National Emergency Co-Ordination Group warning that the storm may pose a threat to life and safety in some parts of the country.

    A status yellow wind warning is in place since this morning for the entire country, with a status yellow rainfall warning valid for Connacht, Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal.

    Met Eireann says spells of heavy rain at times today and tonight will result in some flooding.

    Winds are set to peak between 6 and 7 o'clock this evening, and again from 3 and 5am tomorrow morning, with rainfall accumulations of between 20 and 60 millimetres expected.

    An orange weather warning for counties Mayo, Galway, Clare, Kerry and Limerick has been extended from 6pm this evening to 6am tomorrow morning.

    Mayo County Council has issued a level 3 alert, which means the flood emergency plan is now in operation, and arrangements are being put in place in areas of the county that may be at higher risk of flooding - including flood gates and sandbags.

    Coastal areas - including Achill, Belmullet, Newport and Westport  - are at highest risk - particularly when the strongest winds coincide with high tides this evening, while there are also concerns about possible flooding in Crossmolina.

  • The Status Orange wind warning for Mayo, Galway, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal has been extended until midnight tonight.

    Met Eireann says that, as Storm Brendan tracks away from Ireland, southwesterly winds will gust to between 100 and 130 km/h, higher in exposed areas.

    There's also a significant risk of coastal flooding due to the combination of high spring tides and storm surge.

     

    Storm Brendan caused travel disruption today at Ireland West Airport Knock, with a number of flights diverted or cancelled, while a number of schools remained closed across Mayo and Galway.

    Hundreds of homes and businesses across Co Mayo have been hit by power outages as a result of Storm Brendan, with outages reported this evening in Belmullet, Ballinrobe, Claremorris, Westport, Ballina and Charlestown, while a number of outages are also being dealt with across counties Galway and Sligo.

    In Mayo, the highest gusts of 122 and 124 km/hour were recorded about 4pm this afternoon off Belmullet - yet despite the extreme winds since early morning, Mayo County Council says only minimal damage has been caused.

    A number of trees fell in the Claremorris, Balla and Kiltimagh areas of East Mayo, while the R313 Belmullet to Blacksod regional road remains closed, after storm damage to a section of the road.

    Homes and businesses in Galway are bracing themselves for high tide this evening just after 7 o'clock.

    This morning passed without incident, but Gary McMahon from Galway City Council says the tail end of Storm Brendan could bring flooding with it:

  • Met Eireann has now updated its wind warning for Mayo and Galway for tomorrow to a Status Orange warning, as Storm Erik approaches.

    The weather warning comes into effect from 5am tomorrow morning until lunchtime, with southwest to west winds and severe or damaging gusts of up to 130 km/h.

    The highest winds will be in exposed coastal areas, along with very high seas and some coastal flooding can be expected.

    The status orange wind warnings apply to the coastal counties of Mayo, Galway and Donegal, with a status yellow warning for the rest of the country.

    The Road Safety Authority is asking road users to exercise caution tomorrow with very strong winds expected.

    Drivers should beware of falling debris and objects being blown onto the road.

    Control of vehicles can also be affected by strong cross winds - high sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable.

     

     

     

  • A status orange wind warning is in place for Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal, Galway, Clare and Kerry from 6am this morning to 8 o'clock this evening.

    Met Eireann says Storm Ciara will continue to produce very strong westerly winds in coastal areas, with gusts of between 110 and 130 km/h.

    A combination of spring tides and high seas will result in a significant risk of coastal flooding.

    The rest of the country is under a less severe status yellow warning, as well as a yellow snow & ice warning.

    Met Eireann is warning of widespread wintry showers today and tomorrow, with some snowfall accumulations especially in the west and north of the country.

    Hundreds of customers are without power in the Claremorris area this morning due to several faults following the storm, are power supplies are due to be restored between 11am and 1 pm today.

    In relation to flooding in Sligo, the Collooney to Ballygawley road is closed due to a river bursting its banks, while the Ballymote/ Gurteen road is impassable at Rathmullen Bridge due to flooding.

  • Met Eireann has upgraded its wind warning to status orange for counties along the Western seaboard - including Mayo, Sligo, Donegal, Galway, Clare and Kerry - ahead of the arrival of Storm Callum.

    The warning is in place for all coastal counties from 10pm tomorrow night until 12 noon on Friday.

    Strong winds coinciding with high spring tides will affect the country.

    Winds will be strongest overnight on Thursday and into Friday morning, with gusts of up to 130 kilometres per hour expected in coastal areas.

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    The West of Ireland can expect a very wet and windy night tonight, with heavy rain and southwest gales.

    Met Eireann has issued a status yellow wind warning from 10pm tonight until 12 noon tomorrow for Connacht with gusts of up to 110 km/h  - strongest near coasts.

    And a status orange wind warning is in place for counties Mayo and Donegal for the early hours of tomorrow morning.

    The warning is for coastal regions and high ground in both counties, with gusts of 110 to 130 km/h.

    There's also a risk of coastal damage on exposed northwest coasts, due to a combination of winds, high spring tides and high storm surge.

    The level orange warning is valid from 1am tomorrow morning until 8am.

     

     

     

     

  • A status red snow and ice warning is in place nationwide - with people being warned to stay indoors from 4PM.

    Last night Met Eireann updated the red alert to include all counties, until tomorrow afternoon.

    Further snow showers are expected this morning, with Storm Emma bringing blizzard like conditions this afternoon

    All schools, colleges and third level institutions will be closed today and tomorrow.

    Gardai say that roads are dangerous in some areas this morning following snowfall and freezing temperatures. 

    In Ballina the Foxford to Ballina Road is again very dangerous and sheltered spots are described as lethal. 

    In the Tuam area, conditions are also described as very poor, while again parts of the Castlerea area are dangerous. 

    There are poor conditions on the N17 between Tubbercurry and Collooney and also around Roscommon Town and on the N61 and N63 roads going into the town. Gardai in Galway are advising extreme caution in Galway city following heavy snowfall overnight. 

    Bus Eireann services will not operate today, while Irish Rail services will wind down today between midday and 2pm, with no services then until at least midday on Friday. As regards flights at Ireland West Airport Knock, the Aer Lingus service to and from London Gatwick has been cancelled for today. At this stage Ryanair expects to operate a full schedule but the situation is fluid and passengers are advised to check with their airline before travelling. 

  • 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.

  • Met Eireann has issued a status yellow 'snow-ice' warning for Ireland.

    Icy and slippery conditions are expected with scattered sleet and snow showers most frequent across Ulster and Connacht.

    Some of these showers will spread into central and eastern areas at times, with the odd flurry further south.

    Accumulations of 1 to 2 centimetres are expected.

    The weather warning comes into effect for the entire country from 9pm tonight and remains until 7pm tomorrow evening.

  • A status yellow fog warning is in place across the country until eleven o'clock this morning.

    Met Eireann is warning of dense patches in certain areas.

    Heavy fog is making driving conditions difficult in particular in the East Mayo area this morning.

    Motorists are advised to drive with extra care, using fog lights when necessary.

  • Met Eireann has issued a status yellow high temperature warning for 14 counties, as temperatures are expected to reach 27 or 28 degrees later today.

    The warning applies to counties Galway, Roscommon and Leitrim, as well as Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath, Limerick, Tipperary and Clare.

    The met office is advising of high temperatures between 2 and 7 pm today.

     

    The Sligo Stages Rally, due to be held this Sunday, has been cancelled due to the ongoing hot weather.

    The Connacht Motor Club has issued a statement, saying that due to the current exceptional weather conditions, the difficult decision has been made not to run the Sligo Stages Rally next Sunday.

    The committee is currently exploring options, including a potential window of opportunity for Sunday week 15th July, and will issue a further statement this evening.

    Melting bitumen is now causing significant problems for motorists in many parts of the West of Ireland as the heatwave continues.

    Mayo County Council outdoor staff have been dropping grit and sand on roads that are melting in the heat, to improve the grip.

    Mayo Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons says this is an unfortunate side effect of the good weather, and motorists should slow down where the bitumen is melting, while cyclists and motorcyclists also need to take extra care...

  • A status yellow low temperature and ice warning will be in place from 6 o'clock in Leinster and Connacht.

     

    Met Eireann is forecasting temperatures to dip as low as minus four in places.

     

    The alert will run until 11am tomorrow morning.

     

    Liz Gavin is a forecaster with Met Eireann - she says there is also a change of ground frost:

  • Weather forecasters are warning of more flooding in parts of the region over the next 24 hours.

    A yellow rainfall warning is in place until tomorrow morning for all of Connacht, along with Longford, Donegal, Clare and Kerry.

    Met Eireann says heavy rainfall tonight and tonight could bring 25 to 40mm, and localised flooding is likely.

    It follows two storms over the past ten days, which also brought torrential rain, and lots of land is still saturated.

  • Met Éireann has extended a Status Yellow warning for rainfall to all counties this morning.

    Thundery downpours could lead to accumulations of between 25 and 40mm, with the risk of localised flooding.

    The alert remains in place until 3 o'clock tomorrow (Saturday) morning.