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A fallen bin in Galway during Storm Lorenzo yesterday; ‘Crisis’ Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy; Head of Forecasting at Met Éireann Evelyn Cusack at the National Emergency Coordination Centre in Dublin yesterday

Oh, the humanity.

This morning.

Following Storm Lorenzo yesterday, a Status Yellow wind warning remains in place for counties Longford, Westmeath, Galway, Mayo, Roscommon and Clare until 11am.

On RTÉ’s Morning Ireland earlier, chair of the National Emergency Co-ordinarion Group Keith Leonard spoke to Dr Gavin Jennings about Storm Lorenzo.

From their discussion:

Dr Gavin Jennings: “The country seems to have survived?”

Keith Leonard: “Absolutely. And I think, Gavin, maybe there’s kind of two factors that play into that. The first is that the storm has appeared to have stalled slightly before it made landfall last night which took some of the energy out of the actual storm as it tracked down through the country.

“I suppose the second point to make is, I think, that the public advice and the safety advice that was given out yesterday and the day before was very well heeded by people and communities and people looked after each other very well during this. Which I think has been a huge positive influence on the outcome.”

Jennings: “Is it over?”

Leonard: “I think we’re seeing the worst, the peaks of the winds have gone through. We still have some yellow warnings in effect and, as you’ve heard already from your previous reporters, we have some serious issues in Donegal town. There may be other issues of flooding throughout Donegal which seems, there seems to be a lot of rainfall has fallen there. So probably, as well, we’ve reports now of maybe 7,500 people without power.

“I think Longford, and Ballymahon, have experienced some wind. So it’ll probably be another few hours before the full effect of this storm has blown through.”

Jennings: “You’re due to meet later today, is that right?”

Leonard: “That’s correct.”

Jennings: “Is it necessary now?”

Leonard: “I think it is. As I say, we have a recovery situation in Donegal which we’ll have to look into and find what support we can provide for Donegal and we also have to collate the information and obviously, as well, there’s always a lesson to identify, apiece, at the end of all of the national co-ordination effort so I think we will be meeting today. Yes we will be meeting.”

Jennings: “What lessons do you think we’ve learned so far?”

Leonard: “I suppose, we’ll have to reflect on that as we go through the meeting. But I think probably we want to work on how we refine and balance all these responses are how we balance the public safety message with making sure that society continues to function and operate as normally as possible.”

Jennings: “Did we overreact?”

Leonard: “I don’t think so. I think the information that we had from early on was that this was the most easterly, most category 5, hurricane. As it approached Ireland, the wind was, I think, in excess of 1,600 kilometres which is a huge Atlantic storm. And I think probably we were fortunate in the fact that it did stall over the north of the country before it came inland which helped to reduce some of the impact.”

Jennings: “Almost all climate experts and weather predictors would suggest that  we’re going to have a lot more storms like this?”

Leonard: “I’m not qualified to give, maybe, the climate analysis of this but I definitely think that local authorities who are the lead agencies for this are putting in an increasing amount of work, year on year, into how to respond to winter storms and to respond to severe weather in general.”

Jennings: “Keith Leonard, thank you very much for speaking to us…”

Listen back in full here


Earlier on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland

RTÉ’s Paschal Sheehy reporting from Blennerville, Co Kerry this morning

RTÉ’s regional correspondents spoke to Morning Ireland presenter Bryan Dobson from their respective locations.

Paschal Sheehy, in Co Kerry, reported:

“I have a picture-postcard scene in front of me from my office this morning. I’m on Blennerville Bridge – the gateway to the Dingle Peninsula in West Kerry.

“And I am looking out at the windmill and it’s a rough scene here but certainly not exceptional by any manner of means.

“I have memories of crossing this bridge, walking to primary school when I was a child and the waves lapping over the bridge from one side to the other.

“I was here at high tide last night. The seas were rough but nothing like what I would have expected if the winds came at 130kph and, in fact, they didn’t.

“The highest wind speeds recorded in Kerry overnight were about half that – 67kph, gusts of 67kph at Met Éireann’s weather observatory in Valentia.”

“And so it was a quiet night…”

Ciaran Mulooly, in Mulranny, Co Mayo, reported:

“It’s been a night of high wind and considerable rain but nothing in line with the forecast as to what people had feared…”

“For the most part it looks like Storm Lorenzo did not come anyplace near the height it was supposed to and predicted to on this part of North Mayo.”

Teresa Mannion, in Galway, reported:

“I think my reporting here this morning is similar to Ciaran there. In Galway, there have been no significant overnight developments either in the city or the county as we speak.”

“Last night’s high tide, at 9.24pm to be exact, it came and went without any major flooding incident. There was a pit overtopping at the prom in Salthill but nothing more really…”

“…I was the sole person to call Galway City’s [Council] number last night and earlier this morning so they had no calls. There was three to Galway County Council – all about fallen trees…”


In Donegal town…

LIVE: Thousands left without power as Storm Lorenzo hits (RTE)

Yesterday: It Is Upon Us

Pic: Paschal Sheehy


This morning.

Met Éireann has issued two wind warnings and one rain warning for tomorrow ahead of Storm Lorenzo.

The first Status Yellow wind warning concerns the whole of Ireland and will take effect from 9am tomorrow until 6am on Friday.

Winds of 50kph to 65kph, and gusts of up to 100kph, are expected.

A second Status Orange wind warning concerning Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick will also take effect from 6pm tomorrow until 3am on Friday.

Winds of 65kph to 80kph, and gusts of up to 130kph, are expected.

The third weather warning is a Status Yellow rain warning and it concerns the whole of Ireland, taking effect from 9am tomorrow until 9am on Friday.

Met Éireann

Earlier: A Limerick A Day


Ain’t that the truth.

Top pic: Carlow Weather

Met Eireann has announced that there is now Status Red wind warning (gusts of up to 150kph) out for Clare from 8pm until 11pm tonight, on account of Storm Hannah.

It’s also announced that similar gusts may reach Connemara, the Aran Islands, Dingle and the coasts of Kerry, Cork and Waterford.

Carlow Weather will be live tweeting updates from 5pm here

Earlier: Thar She Blows

Pic: Carlow Weather



Carlow Weather tweetz:

The outer bands of #StormHannah are approaching the Southwest coast with heavy rain showing on the Radar and the system is looking very well defined on Satellite image now. Winds will increase later this afternoon to severe gusts.

Met Eireann have issued several weather warnings:

A Status Orange wind alert (gusts of up to 130kph) for Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick which will be valid from 4pm today to 1am tomorrow.

A Status Orange wind warning for Galway from 7pm this evening to midnight.

A Status Orange wind warning for Tipperary and Waterford from 10pm tonight to 2am tomorrow.

A Status Yellow wind warning (gusts of up to 110kph) for Connacht, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Wexford, Wicklow, Offaly, Donegal, Tipperary and Waterford from 11pm tonight until 9am.


Just now.

Met Eireann has issued a Status Yellow snow-ice warning for Wicklow, Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo – to last from 10pm tonight until 11am tomorrow.


Meanwhile, earlier…


Pic: Carlow Weather


Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow rain for Connacht, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath, Cavan, Monaghan, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Tipperary, from 9pm tonight until noon tomorrow.

The rain may “turn to snow in parts for a time”.

On St Patrick’s Day, Sunday, the national outlook is that it will be a “cold and blustery day with sunny spells and passing showers, some with hail and thunder”.


Met Éireann


Met Éireann tweetz:

Here’s the latest infrared satellite image from 8am. Storm Erik is clearly visible just off the northwest coast. Gusts of up to 120km/h have been recorded this morning with the strongest winds in Galway, Mayo & Donegal.

Orange warning in effect as Erik brings 120km/h gusts (RTÉ)


Yesterday: Incoming

In the past hour.

Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow snow-ice alert which will be valid from 9pm tonight until 7pm tomorrow night, saying:

“Icy and slippery conditions expected due to accumulation of ice and snow on untreated surfaces.

“Scattered sleet and snow showers most frequent across Ulster and Connacht will occur but some showers penetrating into central and eastern areas at times with the odd flurry further south.

“Accumulations generally 1-2cm expected. Wintry showers becoming confined to northern areas by late evening.”

Met Éireann warnings