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Clare County Council issues severe weather warning

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THE good people at Clare County Council have issued a storm warning for the entire county in advance of severe weather conditions that are expected during Monday.

We already warned of the impending upset Hurricane Ophelia is expected to bring as it approaches Ireland on Monday and County Clare has now been upgraded to a Red Weather Alert. Mean wind speeds in excess of 80 km/h and gusts in excess of 130km/h are expected, potentially causing structural damage and disruption, with dangerous marine conditions due to high seas and potential flooding.

Clare County Council is urging land, home and business owners, particularly those in low-lying coastal areas, to take precautionary steps in light of the flood risk posed by a combination of storm force winds and a large sea swell.

Clare County Council, in consultation with Met Éireann, will continue to monitor the situation over the weekend. Updates will be issued where necessary on Clare County Council’s Twitter (@clarecoco) and Facebook (clarecountycouncil) accounts and on The public also is invited to sign up for free SMS alerts via

Flooding advice is available on Information included on the website includes advice on identifying flooding risks, protecting property against flooding, necessary steps to be taken if a property is flooded, and assessing and repairing property damaged by flooding.

Elaine has been a member of staff with The Clare Echo since its foundation in October 2017. The paper's first Chief Reporter, the Kilrush woman is now working as a sub-editor in our busy newsroom. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Limerick with a Masters in Journalism. Elaine briefly worked with the RTE Investigations Unit on the Standards in Public Office investigation before returning to Clare to continue her career as a reporter with the Clare People where she spent nine months as the West Clare correspondent and also covered the 2016 General Election and 2016 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

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