CLARE County Council is urging the public to steer clear of coastal areas today as storm Eleanor makes her way to the Banner County.
Met Éireann have issued a status orange wind warning, with southwest to west winds of mean speeds 65 to 80 km/h, gusting to 110 to 130 km/h, expected.
Storm Eleanor is expected to hit the west at about 4pm, so it might be a good day for those still lucky enough to be off school/work to snuggle up indoors.
Met Éireann also is forecasting very high seas along the Clare coastline, including the Shannon Estuary, with a risk of coastal flooding.
Clare County Council Senior Engineer Tom Tiernan commented, “We are advising the public not to venture out unless necessary – particularly in coastal areas. Motorists are asked to be careful when driving and to avoid parking vehicles in close proximity to exposed coastal areas.
“Any coastal areas which have previously flooded are at risk and people in such situations are advised to take appropriate precautions.”