Storm Lorenzo

  • The Aran Islands RNLI carried out a medical evacuation this morning during Storm Lorenzo.

    The volunteer crew were asked to launch their all-weather Severn class lifeboat at 9.51am today at the request of the Irish Coast Guard.

    A woman on Inis Meain had sustained an injury from an earlier fall and required further medical attention.

     The lifeboat headed straight for Inis Meain in rough seas and took the patient abroad before heading for Rossaveal Harbour where the woman was handed over to a waiting ambulance crew.

     Aran Islands RNLI Coxswain John O’Donnell said the conditions at sea this morning were really challenging, and as Storm Lorenzo continues, he's reminding people of the Coastguard message to Stay Back – Stay Dry – Stay High.

     

     

  • Storm Lorenzo is now making its way across the west of the country, with heavy rain and high winds expected between now and tomorrow morning.

    A status yellow wind and rain warning is in place for the entire country since 9am this morning, while from six o'clock this evening, a status orange wind warning will come into effect for Galway, Mayo, Clare, Kerry and Limerick

    Flooding, power outages and fallen trees are expected, with people being advised to stay away from coastal areas, where possible.

    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.

    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.

    Mayo Co Co says local flood plans have been activated across the Municipal Districts in the county, and council crews will be deployed to areas where assistance is needed.

  • As a result of the storm warning, this evening's Aer Lingus flights between Ireland West Airport Knock and Gatwick Airport in London have been cancelled.

    The inbound and outbound flights have both been cancelled, and passengers can contact Aer Lingus to rebook, or request a refund.

    Management at Ireland West Airport Knock expect all Ryanair and Flybe services to operate as planned today.

     

  • As Storm Lorenzo approaches Ireland, counties along the West and Southern coasts will be the worst affected.

    The effects of Storm Lorenzo will begin to be felt across Ireland from midday tomorrow, peaking tomorrow night and easing Friday morning - it's expected to be a powerful storm, bringing heavy rain, strong winds and high seas.

    Met Eireann has issued a status orange wind warning for counties Mayo, Galway, Clare Cork, Kerry and Limerick.

    The orange warning comes into effect from 6pm tomorrow evening until 3am Friday morning, with gusts of up to 130 km/hour - higher in coastal regions.

    Met Eireann says the storm surges will produce coastal floods and damage.

    A less severe yellow wind warning and a yellow rain warning has been issued for the entire country, from 9am tomorrow morning until 6am on Friday morning.

    Mayo's Road Safety Office is urging motorists to slow down when the storm hits, as high winds are likely to cause debris on already-wet roads.

    Householders are urged to store away garden furniture, trampolines and wheelie bins ahead of the high winds, and people are also asked to check on elderly neighbours during the storm.

    The National Emergency Co-Ordination Group has been meeting again this morning to discuss nationwide preparations for the expected arrival of Storm Lorenzo tomorrow.

  • A Status Yellow wind warning for 6 Counties, including Mayo, was issued earlier this morning and is valid until 11am.

     Head of Communications at Mayo County Council, Martina Hughes, confirmed to Midwest News this morning that  the effects of storm Lorenzo overnight have "thankfully not caused any significant damage across the County". 

    However, Mayo County Council crews have been out since early morning dealing with incidents of trees down, strewn branches and debris which have been reported in various locations around the County. With the benefit of daylight, a full assessment of all areas will be carried out by  Mayo county Council personnel.

     “As a result of the wind overnight and as the yellow warning remains in place this morning, we would urge the public to continue to exercise caution as you go about your daily routines.”

     Any updates in relation to trees down, roads compromised will be posted on the Mayo County Council website

  • Met Eireann has issued a status yellow wind warning for Ireland.

    The warning is valid from 9am tomorrow morning until 6am on Friday morning.

    And a more severe level orange wind warning is in place for counties Mayo, Galway, Clare Cork, Kerry and Limerick.

    The orange warning comes into effect from 6pm tomorrow evening until 3am Friday morning, with gusts of up to 130 km/hour - higher in coastal regions.

    Met Eireann says the storm surges will produce coastal floods and damage.

    Meanwhile, the National Emergency Co-Ordination Group will meet again this morning to discuss nationwide preparations for the expected arrival of Storm Lorenzo tomorrow.

    The Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government Eoghan Murphy said he is very concerned about the potential impact of the storm in coastal areas and the damage that could be caused by falling trees.

    Counties along the West and Southern coasts are expected to be the worst affected.

  • 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.

  • Storm Lorenzo is expected to bring winds of up to 130 kilometres an hour to some western coastal counties later.

    A yellow warning for wind and rain will take effect nationally from nine this morning, while an orange wind alert for western counties will begin this evening.

    Mayo, Galway, Clare, Kerry and Limerick are forecast to be worst affected.

    Damaging gusts and heavy rain are expected over the course of the day with coastal flooding likely in places.

    The worst of the conditions will be along the western seaboard as storm lorenzo sweeps in.

    People are being told to keep up-to-date with their local authority.

    Airports are warning passengers to check for any flight disruption before travelling to the airport.

    Schools are also being advised to err on the side of caution when deciding whether or not to open.

    The National Emergency Co-Ordination Group is to meet again later this morning to finalise preparations.

  • The National Emergency Co-Ordination Group will meet again this morning in Dublin to discuss nationwide preparations for the expected arrival of Storm Lorenzo tomorrow evening.

    The Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government Eoghan Murphy said he is very concerned about the potential impact of the storm in coastal areas and the damage that could be caused by falling trees.

    Met Éireann has said it will issue weather warnings about Lorenzo later this morning.

    Crisis management teams across the country were put on standby last night, following a meeting of The National Emergency Co-Ordination Group.

    High seas, strong winds and heavy rain are expected when the hurricane makes landfall as a powerful storm tomorrow.

    Counties along the West and Southern coasts are expected to be the worst affected.