Monday 27 May 2019

Threat of floods as Brian prepares to batter Ireland

Flood preparations are under way in the south and west of Ireland as Storm Brian sweeps in.

Less than a week after ex-hurricane Ophelia battered the country, resulting in three deaths, high winds and huge Atlantic waves are predicted through Friday night and into Saturday.

The weather warnings are not quite as dire as those ahead of ex-hurricane Ophelia, when Met Eireann issued a red alert for the entire Irish Republic on Monday.

However, an orange wind warning, the second highest, has been issued for southern and western coastal areas, spanning counties Mayo, Galway, Clare, Kerry, Cork, Waterford and Wexford.

Gusts of up to 130 km/h are forecast.

A yellow wind warning is in place for the rest of the Irish Republic.

A yellow rain warning covers counties Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Waterford.

In Galway city a temporary flood barrier was erected close the Spanish Arch landmark on Friday evening while sand bags were also being used to protect vulnerable properties in various locations impacted by the orange warning.

There are concerns the River Shannon could rise significantly, potentially causing flooding of low lying areas.

Storm Brian is the result of a "weather bomb" of low pressure in the Atlantic Ocean.

It has arrived in Ireland as the country is still picking up the pieces in the wake of Ophelia.

Electricity network operator ESB warned that the latest burst of bad weather will hamper efforts to restore power to around 37,000 customers still without electricity in the wake of Monday's violent winds.

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