Saturday 21 April 2018

Atlantic storm Ruth set to wreak havoc this weekend

All wrapped up against the elements at O'Connell St
All wrapped up against the elements at O'Connell St
Pedestrians coping with the rain and winds at O'Connell St.
Making do with a broken umbrella to stay dry, at O'Connell St

THERE'S no end in sight for the stormy weather - as Met Eireann has warned that the poor weather is set to continue for at least ten days.

The latest Atlantic storm is set to wreak havoc across the country, once again imposing a status orange weather alert.

Torrential rainfall is forecast over the next 48 hours, raising fears that more homes and businesses will be flooded.

And Met Eireann has warned that the stormy weather is set to continue for at least the next ten days, as the Atlantic 'storm factory' shows no signs of abating.

While coastal regions have bore the brunt of the poor weather this week - focus has now shifted to rivers.

High tides are much less that they were earlier this week, which will provide respite to hard-hit coastal towns and villages.

Met Eireann has warned that rivers which are prone to flash flooding will now be most vulnerable.

The South West will be worst hit by Ruth - with Counties Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Clare with the most cause for concern.

TV3 weather presenter Deric Hartigan warned that the next few days are set to be a “crucial period” as Ireland is again battered by high winds and heavy rain.

However, Hartigan explained that the storms aren't named after spurned lovers of disgruntled meteorologists, and that members of the public can easily name one after themselves.

“All storms get their names from the Free University of Berlin, Germany,” he explained.

“It's an allocation system whereby members of the public pay a nominal fee to register a storm under their name.”

”In Ireland, we've never really paid attention to storm names but due to the increased intensity and destructive nature of recent storms, we're beginning to latch onto them.”

He also described the last number of weeks as “crazy busy”. as he managed to keep the nation informed of Mother Nature's next move.

Hartigan is set to have his work cut out as Storm Ruth is set to bring wind and rain sweeping across the country from the south for at least 24 h 12 counties on flood alert as rivers ready to burstours.

He said: “We are expecting gale force Southerly winds to reach mean speeds of 45km to 65km per hour. 

“Those winds and heavy rain will be coupled with high seas and high tides, so that will lead to a high risk of potential flooding and a repeat of disastrous scenes that have already destroyed many homes and businesses.”

He said that the high tides in Cork city last night left the city at a potentially “high risk of flooding” for the third time in 10 days.

“People in coastal communities living along flood prone areas of counties Limerick, Kerry, Waterford and Wexford should also take early flood precautions to ensure their homes

and properties are safe from damage,” he added.


Emma Jane Hade  and Brian O'Reilly

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