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

Published on Monday, 13 Jan 2020
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The National Directorate for Fire & Emergency Management’s Crisis Management Team (NDFEM CMT) are monitoring the impact of Storm Brendan as it tracks over Ireland today.

The following Met Éireann weather warnings are currently in place:

  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 13 January

NDFEM CMT contacted local authorities along the west and south coast this morning following high tides. No significant coastal flooding was reported this morning.

Updated Met Éireann forecast indicate that a narrow band of intense thunderstorm activity will affect western coasts from 11.00 moving quickly across the country affecting the east coast between 13:00 – 14:00 with strong Orange winds.

Windspeeds will pick again this evening with Mayo and Donegal experiencing very high gusts this evening.

Local authorities have activated their Crisis Management Teams and Local Co-ordination Groups. Coastal flood defences are in place and local authorities have closed some roads in coastal locations.

The Irish Coast Guard, RSA, An Garda Síochána, local authorities and NDFEM are communicating public safety advice based on the warnings issued by Met Éireann. The key public safety messages are:

  1. Stay away from all coastal areas for the duration of the Met Éireann warnings
  2. All road users should be aware of the hazardous traveling conditions. Motorists should slow down and be aware of the dangers of fallen trees and debris. High sided vehicles are particularly vulnerable during this time.
  3. As conditions will vary throughout the day people need to take account of the local conditions and advice from their local authority.

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