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Sunday 20 April 2014

Storms forecast for weekend

Kilkee Coast Line takes a battering this Sunday evening as stormy weather rolls in with high winds of 130 Km/ h  on the County Clare town.
Pic.  Brian Arthur/ Press 22.
Kilkee Coast Line takes a battering on Sunday

A WINTER storm will sweep across the country this weekend, combining with high tides to leave Ireland once again at high risk from coastal flooding.

Sandbags are being readied in some coastal areas as we are braced for a severe storm, similar to that experienced at the start of the month.

"There is a storm depression pushing in towards us on Friday night from the Atlantic which will bring heavy rain and windy conditions into Saturday, with winds gusting up as high as 90 to 110km per hour on the East Coast," said Met Eireann forecaster Gerry Murphy.

"Once again the combination of high tides, heavy rainfall and high winds will result in a high risk of coastal flooding.

Mr Murphy said that the west of Ireland looks set to bear the brunt of the conditions "as was the case at the beginning of the month". He added: "The west coast will possibly see waves of up to 12 metres. Once again it is the west coast that is most at risk from coastal flooding."

However, Dublin City Council announced last night that its Flooding Advisory Group would be putting measures in place over the coming days to deal with the conditions, which are expected to last until Monday. These will include sandbags and large pumps at Clontarf, and the closure of car parks along the promenades at Sandymount and Clontarf.

There may be road and bridge closures depending on the severity of the conditions.

Irish Independent

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