Status Red Weather Warning

CO CLARE remains under a Status Orange wind warning.

Valid from 3pm until 8pm on Sunday, Met Éireann issued the orange wind warning for three counties, Clare, Galway and Mayo.

Met Éireann is warning of very strong onshore winds due to Storm Fergus, coupled with high waves and high tides. Potential impacts include localised coastal flooding and wave overtopping.

Storm Fergus will generate very strong and gusty southwesterly winds, veering westerly. Potential Impacts include wave overtopping, difficult travelling conditions, debris, and loose objects displaced.

Clare County Council is advising members of the public to exercise caution.

There will be high seas during Storm Fergus. The public are advised to stay away from coastal areas during this period. The Irish Coast Guard are appealing to people to “Stay Back, Stay High, Stay Dry”.

Strong winds can make driving conditions hazardous, especially for the more vulnerable road users, e.g. cyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and high sided vehicles. Road users should pay particular attention to the risk posed by fallen trees and flying debris.

There is a potential for tidal flooding in coastal areas. In addition to this, the storm may also bring localised heavy thundery rainfall, which in turn may lead to surface flooding in urban locations.

People are advised to prepare for the arrival of the storm including ensuring their mobile phone is fully charged to enable communication.

Never drive through flooded roads, the depth of the water can be deceiving.

There are particular risks during storms on high ground and people are asked to avoid being outdoors at such locations.

Essential travel only is advised for the duration of the storm.

Business owners, caravan parks, homeowners and members of the public are advised that caravans should be securely tied down and any street furniture, including parasols and awnings, should be taken indoors or fully secured.

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