A red weather warning has been issued for counties Cork, Kerry and Clare following threat from Storm Barra. According to Met Eireann, the storm will be stronger than expected and gusts of 130 km/h can cause serious trouble in the country.
- Orange wind warning Tuesday 6am to Wednesday 6am: Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Waterford, Galway, Mayo and Wexford.
- Orange wind warning Tuesday 8am to Tuesday 1pm: Dublin, Louth, Wicklow and East Meath.
Schools, banks and supermarkets in 12 counties have been advised to close and hospital appointments, flights have also been cancelled.
Vaccination centres, Covid testing centres in some counties and and areas will be closed for Tuesday, the HSE has said. They include Simonstown, Co Meath Round pushpinCity Hall, Co Cork Round pushpinKerry Vaccination Centre Round pushpinBantry Vaccination Centre, Co Cork Round pushpinSligo Racecourse.
People are advised to remove or secure patio and garden furniture, rubbish bins and any loose items from around buildings this evening, and not to park any vehicle in an area that may be prone to flooding.
“We have been issuing, in the last 24 hours, warnings to people, particularly near coastlines. People must avoid the coast at all costs.” Taoiseach Micheál Martin said.
Limerick and Galway also face disruptions from the storm. People in these counties are advised to shelter in place for the duration of the warning, which will take effect from 6am to 9pm on Tuesday.
Unnecessary journeys must be avoided and drivers have to take extra care on roads.
The public are warned electricity wires are always live, never approach. If you see fallen or damaged wires, keep clear and phone ESB Networks immediately on 1800 372 999/021 238 2410.
Public can call 999 in emergency situations.