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National Directorate for Fire & Emergency Management (NDFEM) Update on Storm Brendan

Published on Sunday, 12 Jan 2020
Met Éireann

Met Éireann have issued the following weather warnings:

  1. Orange wind warning for  Connacht, Donegal & Kerry valid 05:00 – 21:00 13 January
  2. Orange wind warning for Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Clare, Cork, Limerick, Tipperary & Waterford. valid 08:00 – 15:00 January

As Storm Brendan tracks to the north west of Ireland on Monday, southerly winds veering southwesterly will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80 km/h with gusts of 110 to 130km/h, highest in coastal areas.  There is a significant risk of coastal flooding due to the combination of high spring tides and storm surge. This is a high energy storm system, that will give rise to very stormy conditions from early Monday morning in all coastal areas.

The National Directorate for Fire & Emergency Management Crisis Management Team have been in continuous contact with Met Éireann regarding Storm Brendan, with the latest update received this afternoon.  Storm Brendan is expected to affect the west coast early on Monday morning and then track across the country bringing  stormy conditions and heavy rainfall countrywide, with localised flooding possible. There is a significant risk to the northwest, west and south coasts with an moderate risk for all eastern coastal areas due to the high tides and the projected storm surge forecast.

The OPW have issued a high tide advisory. There will be a period of very high astronomical Spring Tides approaching Highest Astronomical Tide (HAT) in all coastal areas which commenced on Saturday 11th January and valid  until Wednesday 15th January 2020.  Astronomical tides during this notice period will be highest from Sunday 12th to Tuesday 14th January. All coastal areas could experience coastal flooding during this period, especially during Monday 13th January due to the high tides and projected storm surge.

Local authorities have activated their Local Co-ordination and Crisis Management arrangements to prepare for the arrival of Strom Brendan. Local authorities are advising coastal communities that there is a significant risk of coastal flooding from early morning Monday 13th January

The Irish Coast Guard and An Garda Síochána are communicating public safety advice based on the warnings issued by Met Éireann. All road users should be aware that road conditions will be hazardous throughout the country tomorrow and motorists should slow down and exercise extreme caution. People are advised to stay away from exposed coastal areas for the duration of Storm Brendan.

NDFEM Crisis Management Team continue to actively monitor this evolving situation working with Met Éireann, OPW and all local authorities.