Storm Callum

  • A Belmullet based Senator has called for emergency funding to be allocated to construct a new sea wall and breakers on the R313 Belmullet-Blacksod Road in the Muing area and back towards the town itself.

    The wall was badly damaged by sea water during Storm Callum yesterday and water flooded that road for a period of time yesterday.

    Fianna Fail Senator and local GP Keith Swanick complemented the staff of Mayo County Council who have been out since early this morning to clean up the road following the storm.

    He says emergency funding is needed to construct a new wall and breakers and has called on Minister Michael Ring to liaise with his ministerial colleagues to ensure that will happen.

    Senator Swanick told Midwest News today that something needs to be done in the area to ensure safety for all. 

    The Senator has confirmed to Midwest News this afternoon that he has spoken to Minister Kevin Boxer Moran about the issue and the Minister has promised to revert to him on it in the next week. 

  • With an estimated 200,000 euro of damage done to infrastructure in Belmullet in the wake of storm Callum last month, and with only 50,000 euro as yet allocated to repair the damage, many locals live in fear of the next storm.

    That’s according to local Sinn Fein councillor Teresa Whelan and she told yesterday’s monthly meeting of West Mayo she is angry at the response from government so far to the needs of the community.

    Afterwards she spoke to Midwest News and she said she is furious and will not stop raising the issue until there is a response from government.

  • The ESB says power has been restored to all customers affected by Storm Callum.

    At the height of the storm up to 30 thousand customers lost service, predominantly in the southwest.

    The storm is still moving across the UK where 30 flood warnings remain in place with the worst of the weather expected across south Wales.





    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.




    Belmullet is experiencing severe flooding today as Storm Callum continues.

    The orange weather alert has been extended to 5pm this evening for counties Mayo, Galway, Sligo, Donegal and Clare.

    Gardai in Belmullet say a number of roads in the Erris region which were impassable earlier have now fully reopened.

    Extensive flooding occurred again at Carraholly, Westport, at the bridge in high tide this morning.

    Local councillor Christy Hyland told Midwest News that the community of Carrowholly are living in fear, and for five years now Mayo county council and the OPW are still "discussing" solutions.

    The high tide caused some damage at Dooagh, Achill early this morning and telephone services on the island were affected.

    There is widespread disruption to electricity supply across the county today as a result of the storm.

    Trees came down in various locations right across the region throughout last night and this morning.

    The emergency services , gardai and Mayo County Council have been busy clearing the roads.

    A tree on the rail line delayed the Ballina to Manulla train for about 15 mins earlier this morning.






  • There is a public meeting tonight (Monday) in the Broadhaven Bay Hotel in Belmullet regarding the recent storm damage in Erris caused by Storm Callum.

    The meeting gets underway this evening at 7pm.

  • 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.

  • The National Emergency Coordination Group is meeting this afternoon to prepare for the arrival of Storm Callum.

    Gusts of up to 130 kilometres an hour are expected as the storm makes its way across the country later tonight.

    Met Éireann has issued a status Orange warning for 13 counties, and is warning of heavy rain and high tides - with a risk of coastal flooding and damage in parts.

    Storm Callum is expected to make landfall in Cork and Kerry at around 10pm.

    Western counties including Mayo, Sligo, Donegal, Galway and Clare, and the counties along the Eastern seaboard  will be affected from midnight into the early hours of the morning.