Monday 21 May 2018

Storm Emma: County by county - what's happening in your area

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Carrigaline Co Cork. David Creedon Photography Cork Ireland
Carrigaline Co Cork. David Creedon Photography Cork Ireland
Mary Nee enjoying the sunny but cold Salthill Seaside in Galway during Storm Emma and the cold snap. Photo:Andrew Downes, XPOSURE .
Geese enjoy the winter conditions at Shankill Castle and Gardens in Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny. Picture: Tony Gavin 28/2/2018
Snow falls on a hurling statue during blizzard conditions in Kilkenny City. Picture: Tony Gavin 28/2/2018
Image via Cliffs of Moher Facebook page
Susan Lockyer - Kildare
Sallins. Pic by John Egan
Ayesha with her snowman in Co Meath Photo: Henry Mills
DRigheda
Parts of Roscommon have been hit with only a light covering of snow so far
Snow fall at Gusserane Co. Wexford. Picture: Patrick Browne
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After Storm Emma reached Ireland last night, we will keep you up to date with what's happening in your area.

Carlow

 

Gardai are urging people in Carlow to stay indoors following heavy snowfall overnight.

A Status Orange alert has been issued for this county. It is in place until Saturday at 9am. The warning reads; "Snow accumulations continuing to increase due to further.

Cavan

In Cavan there were heavy snowfalls overnight in the south and east of the county and the council says it will take a number of hours to clear priority routes. Motorists are advised to stay at home and to expect all roads to be treacherous.

A Status Orange alert has been issued for this county. It is in place until Saturday at 9am. The warning reads; "Snow accumulations continuing to increase due to further.

Cavan County Council has warned of snow drift of up to two metres in places.

Storm Emma latest: Safety advice to stay home withdrawn as blizzard conditions pass See the latest weather updates on Independent.ie: http://indo.ie/I2A930iI753

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Reader Rosin Smyth sent in this picture from Mullagh, Cavan.

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Clare

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Image via Cliffs of Moher Facebook page

A Status Orange alert has been issued for this county. It is in place until Saturday at 9am. The warning reads; "Snow accumulations continuing to increase due to further.

The M18 between J12 Kilow and J13 Tulla Rd are impassible due to snow, snowfall is also an issue around Ennis.

Clare County Council’s severe weather assessment team will meet throughout today and council offices will closed until Monday.

The Cliffs of Moher Visitors Centre is closed to the public and they are asking visitors to stay away. They plan to reopen tomorrow morning, weather permitting.

Cork

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Carrigaline Co Cork. David Creedon Photography Cork Ireland

A Status Orange alert has been issued for this county. It is in place until Saturday at 9am. The warning reads; "Snow accumulations continuing to increase due to further.

Parts of Cork received between 10cm and 15cm of snow - with Gardaí warning that some roads were either impassable treacherous.

Snow continues to fall in Cork, with thick snow on the roads, including around Midleton, Bantry and the city.

Cork County Council said the Cork to Mallow Road is impassable.

GARDAÍ urged motorists to stay off snow and ice covered roads as they revealed conditions are so bad an ambulance got stuck on a Cork city centre street this morning.

The ambulance got stuck on MacCurtain Street and was unable to move forwards or backwards because of heavily compacted snow and ice.

Cork city received the heaviest overnight snowfalls in the south.

Many roads - particularly those which involve steep gradients - have been impassable to everything but 4x4 vehicles for over 12 hours.

Both the Defence Forces and Cork Fire Brigade were tasked to assist the ambulance and its paramedic crew.

Gardaí urged people to realise just how treacherous roads are and to avoid all journeys until later today.

"It is an indication of just how bad conditions out there are," Sgt Peter Murphy of Angelsea Street Station said.

Power cuts hit parts of Cork with around 1,400 customers without electricity supplies in the Kilmoney, Cloyne, Foxhole/Youghal and Ballinspittle areas.

ESB repair crews hope to have all areas reconnected by 4pm.

A number of areas suffered disruption to water supplies due to frozen or burst pipes, Irish Water emergency teams are dealing with urgent repairs.

In Charleville, a man was injured in a single vehicle accident which occurred around 9pm last night.

However, his injuries are not understood to be serious.

Cork Airport will remain closed until tomorrow while all elective surgery at Cork hospitals has been suspended.

When conditions ease and motorists again take to the roads, drivers were warned of possible tidal flooding in Cork city and county.

The combination of a sea surge from Storm Emma coupled with high spring tides is likely to lead to possible flooding in Cork city, Midleton, Youghal, Clonakilty and Bantry.

The English Market in Cork City is closed today.

Donegal

Donegal experienced some snowfall overnight but the Status Red weather warning has been lifted for the county and replaced with a less sever Status Orange alert.

Letterkenny University Hospital have cancelled all out patient appointments.

Despite the testing conditions, this public health nurse went above and beyond to ensure her clients were cared for yesterday:

 

Dublin

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Scene on Dorset St at 8am this morning.

A Status Red warning has been applied to Dublin and will remain in place until 9am, Saturday morning.

It reads ;"Snow accumulations continuing to increase significantly due to further heavy falls of snow."

Conditions are snowy across Dublin and the worse affected areas are in the south and west.

Most of the routes around Tallaght, Clondalkin and Lucan are impassable due to thick ice and snow on the roads and Lucan Village and Liffey Valley are inaccessible.

Several cars have been abandoned in the area ad gardai are advising people not to travel.

There are also reports of motorists on the N7 turning around and driving in the wrong direction.

Road conditions are continuing to deteriorate in Crumlin following heavy snow.

Many routes in Dundrum are not accessible currently because of the snow, including the road to Dundrum Village.

The coast road between Dun Laoghaire and Sandycove (R831) is currently closed between The People’s Park and Sandycove Beach following flooding and people are urged to avoid the area.

The Naul Road behind Dublin Airport is also not accessible between the roundabout at Stockhole Lane and Kilshane Cross, there are bad conditions on surrounding routes too.

Gardai have reported snowy conditions too in the Castleknock area.

Dublin Bus expects to return to service on Saturday morning.

Galway

A Status Orange alert has been issued for this county. It is in place until Saturday at 9am. The warning reads; "Snow accumulations continuing to increase due to further.

There is heavy snowfall on roads across Galway - including the city, Gort Ballinasloe, Loughrea and on the M17 between J20 Tuam and J19 Annagh Hill.

Secondary routes are understood to be particularly dangerous.

A Status Red snow and ice warning is still in place for Galway and the City Council said their priority is "to deploy available resources to keep roads clear and to ensure essential services.

"Salting of national, regional and the main routes across the city took place between 5.00 am and 10.00am. 

"Galway City Council continues to have an ample supply (and reserve stock) of salt."

They said in a statement that City Council staff will be deployed as long as it it is safe for them to be outdoors.

The City Council is working with Cope Galway to bring rough sleepers to the Cold Weather service in Westside, if anyone sees a rough sleeper who may need a bed, they are urged to contact Cope at 1800 788887 or 085 8009641 (9pm+)

Emergency calls for City Council regarding essential services can be made to 091 536400. On-call staff are responding to emergencies as they arise and if they can be deployed safely.

City Hall, Leisureland, the Town Hall Theatre and the City Museum and recreation centres  across the city are all closed today.

A High Tide Advisory is in place until Monday and the highest astronomical tide will occur tomorrow morning at 5.30am, Galway City Council said they are assessing the risk of water over-topping in the Docks/Spanish Arch/Claddagh area and in Salthill is low.

The Aquadum bund at Fishmarket will be partially inflated and road crews are on standby.

The cold snap didn't deter keen swimmer Mary Nee from taking a dip on Wednesday.

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Mary Nee enjoying the sunny but cold Salthill Seaside in Galway during Storm Emma and the cold snap. Photo:Andrew Downes, XPOSURE .

Kerry

A Status Orange alert has been issued for this county. It is in place until Saturday at 9am. The warning reads; "Snow accumulations continuing to increase due to further.

Snowy conditions have been reported by gardai around Kilarneyr, including on the N71, N72 and N22.

Kerry Airport will remain closed today and will reopen at 12pm tomorrow, weather permitting.

The council is coordinating with the HSE and other services in the area to ensure an adequate response is in place when conditions deteriorate.

 

Kildare

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Swans swim on the frozen Grand Canal in Sallins, Co. Kildare Picture: Tony Gavin 28/2/2018
 

Kildare was very badly affected by the storm, with drifting causing big difficulties in the area.

A Status Red warning has been applied to Kildare and will remain in place until 9am, Saturday morning.

It reads ;"Snow accumulations continuing to increase significantly due to further heavy falls of snow."

Towns such as Sallins, Clare and Straffan were locked down today due to the extent and depth of the snow, which even meant that snowploughs could not be deployed.

"The local chipper has a five foot drift in front of it, and the pub is snowed-in too. I can't open my own patios doors or a five foot drift will collapse in on told of me," said Fianna Fáil TD James Lawless.

"The winds were very strong last night and that caused the drifting, and some businesses like the local shops and pub that had planned to open today have no decided to stay shut," he added.

"The local roads are impassable. I was talking to a local contractor with nine snowploughs but they cannot be put into use at the moment because the safety of this operating them is a consideration also," deputy Lawless explained.

"Nothing is moving in Sallins, and I hear it is the same in Clane and Straffan," he said.

"The winds have abated now, but the snow is still falling," he added.

Straffan is understood to have been one of the worse affected areas in Storm Emma:

Sinn Fein Councillor Reada Cronin said that she is snowed in at her home in Maynooth, Co Kildare.

She told Independent.ie: "I have never seen anything like this.

"The snow is three or four feet high in some areas and it's still snowing, there are reports we will be getting even more.

"I haven't seen any cars on the road so far today but most vehicles seem to be surrounded from around three foot of snow from what I've seen, who knows when we will be getting out again?"

Ms Cronin also said that she is grateful for the emergency crews who have been tirelessly working through Storm Emma.

"The crews in Kildare County Council have been working around the clock, it's times like these that you appreciate these services.

"It's also a time to appreciate your home, a house is more than just shelter, it's home, we should be very grateful for what we have."

The local civil defence is set to help out if the need arises.

Freya Ryle (20) is snowed in with her younger sisters and her grandmother at her home in Clane, Co Kildare.

She said that it is the worst snow she has ever experienced.

"At the moment it's still snowing and there's a good bit of wind.

"There is about four foot of snow, I have a car in the driveway and I can't see any of it at the moment.

"Back in 2010 I was only a kid but it was nothing in comparison to what it's like now.

"My nana is here and she's telling us stories about the snow in 1982, it's a bit crazy.

"The council have been out clearing and gritting the roads, so that's good and we are lucky that we still have our power.

"I haven't seen anyone driving around yet but I've seen a few people out walking, there was one man out running so he must be keen to get in his daily exercise," she told Independent.ie

Her parents were due to fly home from New York today but haven't been able to get a flight back to Dublin yet.

She told Independent.ie: "My parents are in New York and they were supposed to fly back today but they won't be able to get a flight back until Monday now.

"All of our neighbours have been checking in on us, my nana lives in Meath but she was bringing my little sister to school and got snowed in with us too."

Reader Susan Lockyer sent us in this stunning snap taken in Kildare on Wednesday morning:

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Susan Lockyer - Kildare

Kilkenny

A Status Orange alert has been issued for this county. It is in place until Saturday at 9am. The warning reads; "Snow accumulations continuing to increase due to further.

Road conditions are very poor across Kilkenny and the snow around Thomastown is particularly heavy.

Snow hit Kilkenny on Wednesday leading to this great snap of Kilkenny Castle from our photographer Tony Gavin:

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Snow falls on a hurling statue during blizzard conditions in Kilkenny City. Picture: Tony Gavin 28/2/2018

Laois

A Status Orange alert has been issued for this county. It is in place until Saturday at 9am. The warning reads; "Snow accumulations continuing to increase due to further.

The Mountrath-Birr Road (R440) is closed between Mountrath and Kinitty until further notice due to icy conditions, AA Roadwatch reports.

The N80 between Portlaoise and Stradbally is impassable.

Extra care is needed on all routes around Portlaoise and Laois after snowfall overnight, many secondary routes are impassable.

Leitrim

The secondary roads around Carrick-On-Shannon are in very poor condition due to snow and ice.

Radio host Francie Boylan who hosts a show on Ocean FM captured a scenic snowy snap yesterday morning:

Limerick

A Status Orange alert has been issued for this county. It is in place until Saturday at 9am. The warning reads; "Snow accumulations continuing to increase due to further.

Very snowy conditions have been reported in Newcastle West, which is impacting on both main and secondary roads, Gardai have said.

Novas has advised that all of their emergency accommodation services will be open 24 hours per day tonight and tomorrow, extra spaces are available and anyone who sees a homeless person in Limerick is advised to call 1800 606060.

Longford

A Status Orange alert has been issued for this county. It is in place until Saturday at 9am. The warning reads; "Snow accumulations continuing to increase due to further.

The roads in Longford are treacherous after heavy snowfall and travel is not advised, AA Roadwatch warns.

The back roads in Granard are impassible.

But one resident wasn't about to let the cold temperatures change their routine too much.

WATCH: Longford man defies snow by going for a stroll in his shorts 

Louth

A Status Orange alert has been issued for this county. It is in place until Saturday at 9am. The warning reads; "Snow accumulations continuing to increase due to further.

Roads are impassable and drifting is reported across the North East.

In Louth the N2 is impassable in places as are many regional roads.

The council says it has worked with the Defence Forces, the Coastguard and Civil defence to ensure delivery of palliative and home care staff to patients and in some case, delivery of drugs.

An additional 14 beds were provided to ensure sufficient homeless capacity,

Gritting will resume as early as possible today.

Picture from our reader taken in Drogheda on Thursday - the wind is already picking up in the area:

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DRigheda
 

Mayo

There was heavy snowfall overnight and conditions are said to be very slippy around the county, particularly in Ballina and Castlebar.

Crews from Mayo County Council were out from 5am this morning operating gritters and snowploughs, caution is advised on all secondary routes.

Knock Airport is closed today and is due to reopen at 7am tomorrow morning.

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Man struggling with the snow in Westport, Mayo in a snow shower Photo: Paul Mealey
 

Meath

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Ayesha with her snowman in Co Meath Photo: Henry Mills

Thanks to our reader Henry Mills for this image.

A Status Red warning has been applied to Meath and will remain in place until 9am, Saturday morning.

It reads ;"Snow accumulations continuing to increase significantly due to further heavy falls of snow."

The snow is so severe on the road leading out of Oldcastle, Co Meath that a tractor has gotten stuck.

Fiona Blaney lives just below Patrickstown Kells and said she thinks they won't be able to leave their house for at least two days.

She said: "It's really bad snow and frost, you literally cannot drive out of it and there's actually a tractor stuck on it at the moment.

"There's no sign of any snow ploughs here, I think it'll take at least two days to get us out unless we get a big thaw really quick.

"Gritters won't be able to get down until snow is cleared because it's around four foot high.

"Even the wind is so strong here.

"My husband has a farm over in Virginia and he can't get over to see if his animals are okay, it's stressful."

Monaghan

In Monaghan the council says there has been significant snowfalls but gritting and salting resumed at 6am.

Offaly

A Status Orange alert has been issued for this county. It is in place until Saturday at 9am. The warning reads; "Snow accumulations continuing to increase due to further.

There is heavy snowfall on routes across Co Offaly, including around Birr and Tullamore,

Secondary routes are particularly dangerous.

For some students however the opportunity to stay indoors is not going to be a chance to catch up on some Netflix as their school has landed a block of revision work online for them to complete.

Colaiste Choilm Secondary School in Tullamore uploaded a number of revision assignments for Leaving Cert students according to The Offaly Express.

Roscommon

There is heavy snow in Roscommon town and Gardai report that it is quite slippery around Boyle.

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Parts of Roscommon have been hit with only a light covering of snow so far

Sligo

The Status Red weather warning for Sligo was lifted at 6am this morning and a Status Orange alert is in place for the county until 6pm this evening.

Met Eireann warns there will be "scattered heavy snow showers and icy conditions" throughout today in Sligo.

Tipperary

A Status Orange alert has been issued for this county. It is in place until Saturday at 9am. The warning reads; "Snow accumulations continuing to increase due to further.

Heavy snow in Tipperary has created dangerous driving conditions, including on main roads around Thurles, Nenagh, Clonmel and Cahir, where AA Roadwatch says it is "blizzard-like."

Secondary roads are particularly dangerous.

 

Waterford

A Status Orange alert has been issued for this county. It is in place until Saturday at 9am. The warning reads; "Snow accumulations continuing to increase due to further.

A Waterford Fire Brigade tender had to be used to get a woman in advanced labour to the Cork-Waterford motorway from her snow-bound home for onward transfer to hospital.

The woman went into labour on Thursday evening but was unable to get from her Ardmore home uphill by car to the motorway for onward transfer to either Cork or Waterford hospitals.

Road conditions were so bad at the height of Storm Emma in west Waterford that even all-terrain ambulances couldn't reach the stranded woman.

The decision was taken to use a fire engine to reach the woman and bring her to the motorway for onwards transfer to a maternity hospital.

Its combination of a heavy chassis and high axles meant it was able to traverse snow-covered roads impassable to other vehicles.

The transfer worked and the woman was successfully brought to hospital.

She gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

Meanwhile, AA Roadwatch has said that heavy snow is continuing and driving conditions across the city and county are extremely poor.

Winds have eased slightly but travel is still not advised.

Westmeath

A Status Orange alert has been issued for this county. It is in place until Saturday at 9am. The warning reads; "Snow accumulations continuing to increase due to further.

There was light snow in Mullingar and Athlone last night but road conditions are understood to be very bad, the N52 is reportedly impassable.

A reader sent in this image of Westmeath on Wednesday:

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Mullingar, Co Westmeath
 

Wexford

A Status Red warning has been applied to Wexford and will remain in place until 9am, Saturday morning.

It reads ;"Snow accumulations continuing to increase significantly due to further heavy falls of snow."

There are "extremely challenging" conditions for motorists in Wexford following heavy snowfall, according to gardai.

Gardai in New Ross, Wexford Town, Enniscorthy and Gorey have all advised that routers are impassable, they are urging people not to take to the roads.

Independent.ie reader Patrick Browne still managed to grab a great snap:

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Snow fall at Gusserane Co. Wexford. Picture: Patrick Browne

 

Wicklow

A Status Red warning has been applied to Wicklow and will remain in place until 9am, Saturday morning.

It reads ;"Snow accumulations continuing to increase significantly due to further heavy falls of snow."

Heavy snowfall has left many Wicklow roads impassable, including around the Wicklow Town, Arklow and Baltinglass areas.

Following high tide flooding is also a problem around the Murrough, Strand St and Bond St areas of Wicklow.

The council also shared an image of the aftermath of a car crash yesterday:

 

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