Tag Archives: Storm Lorenzo

This morning.

Ryanair tweetz:

Mara the turtle was blown by Storm Lorenzo all the way from the Canary Islands to Galway, Ireland earlier this month.

Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium has been nursing Mara back to health and asked if we could help.

We’re delighted to say she’ll be returning home on board with us very soon.

Mara will be a very special passenger on our Cork to Gran Canaria flight on November 4th along with two members of the Oceanworld team – ensuring she’s returned to the warm waters she needs to survive.

In fairness.

Efforts under way to return turtle to warmer waters (RTÉ, October 2)

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


Galway City Council tweetz:

The Defence Forces have turned 130 tonnes of sand into 10,000 sandbags which are being deployed as part of a total of almost 20,000 sandbags from three locations in the city.

-Claddagh Hall

-The entrance to Mutton Island Treatment Centre

– By the Aquariam in Salthill


Storm Lorenzo beginning to bear down on south coast (RTE)

This morning/afternoon.

National Emergency Coordination Centre in Dublin

Head of Forecasting at Met Éireann Evelyn Cusack describing the latest forecast for Hurricane/Storm Lorenzo across Ireland in the coming hours

Sam Boal Rollingnews



Help is here!

‘Crisis’ Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy at the National Emergency Coordination Centre this morning.

Sam Boal Rollingnews

Earlier: Cleared to Land

Happening THIS second.

Now would be a good time to get your affairs in order.

Country braces itself as storm Lorenzo rapidly approaching (RTÉ)

Screenshot via Windy.com



Portmarnock Strand, Portmarnock, County Dublin.

Ester Ten Wolthius writes:

Sleep well, Dublin…



This afternoon.

Sandymount, Dublin 4.

Carlosfandango writes:

‘Mr Hugh’ takin’ it all in. Eerily quiet this evening. Calm before the storm?


This evening.

Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

Our Nick writes:

[River] Dodder promenade closed…



Unspecified store, Dublin.

 Vanessa writes:

It’s started…

Swirly things!!

This afternoon.

National Emergency Co-ordination Group (NECG) meeting.

Head of Forecasting at Met Éireann Evelyn Cusack (top) and Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy (above) briefing the media ahead of Storm Lorenzo as it progresses across the Atlantic.

Earlier: Status Update

Sam Boal/Rollingnews