Tuesday 23 July 2019

Storm Emma: Everything you need to know as Government warns of 'serious and life-threatening' blizzard conditions

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The expected blizzard conditions due over the next couple of days will be "serious and life-threatening", the Government's emergency taskforce warned this afternoon after Met Eireann issued their highest weather warning.

Many parts of the country woke up to a blanket of snow after the 'Beast from the East' reached Ireland and up to 25cm more is expected to fall overnight.

Met Eireann has placed a Status Red snow-ice alert in place from 5am this morning until midday tomorrow for Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Wicklow and Meath.

Following the widespread closures of schools and businesses today, as well as chaos for commuters, here are the latest updates for what's expected to happen over the next 24 hours.

Everyone in Munster and Leinster has been advised to stay indoors after 4pm on Thursday

Everyone in Munster and Leinster is advised to be indoors by 4pm on Thursday and to stay there until midday on Friday by the The National Emergency Coordination Committee.

Met Eireann has said: "Blizzard-like conditions will develop in heavy snow and strong easterly winds on Thursday evening and will continue Thursday night and Friday morning."

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Maynooth University last night

All schools, colleges and third level institutions in red areas will remain closed tomorrow and Friday

The Government has confirmed that schools, colleges and third level institutions in Leinster and Munster will remain closed for the rest of the week, following the issuing of a red Weather Warning by Met Eireann.

The decision over whether to close schools in Connacht and Ulster will be kept under "constant review" and will be determined based on local weather circumstances.

Childcare facilities have also been advised to stay closed.

Read more about school closures here.

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Some flights have been cancelled at Dublin Airport. Photo: Mark Condren

Flights and ferry services have experienced significant disruptions

Ryanair has cancelled all flights to and from Dublin Airport for the rest of today at least, while Aer Lingus confirmed they are looking at "very significant cancellations."

Cork Airport was closed for some time this morning but has since reopened.

Shannon Airport is operating as normal but a spokesperson has urged passengers to monitor its Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Irish Ferries has also cancelled several services for today and tomorrow.

For more about transport, please visit here.

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Templemore, Co Tipperary

Many public transport services won't be running tomorrow

There will be commuter chaos in the capital as Dublin Bus has announced they won't be running tomorrow.

There will also be no bus services in Munster or Leinster.

Irish Rail will run in the morning but will begin an orderly close down for the entire country between 12pm and 2pm.

Luas services will also be limited.

Drone footage aken from Churchtown with a view all the way to Howth. Photo credit: Ciaran McGrath / Instagram @ciarancmcgrath
Drone footage aken from Churchtown with a view all the way to Howth. Photo credit: Ciaran McGrath / Instagram @ciarancmcgrath
Roslyn and Derek Pigott created "Hunzo the snowhun" in Clonee Dublin 15 on Wednesday.
Monbeg, Co. Wexford. "My dad, Andrew Kehoe, his dog Holly and Richard Walsh from the Irish Defence forces giving him a lift to dialysis centre in Wexford."
Robin in the snow in Rathfarnham. Picture captured by Sunrise Productions / Declan Tongue
Fiona Lyons in Co Offaly has captured her dogs playing in the snow.
Fiona Lyons in Co Offaly has captured her dogs playing in the snow.
Dog shaking off the snow. Photo credit: Dave Keegan Photography
Birds in the snow. Photo credit: Dave Keegan Photography
Snowman. Photo credit: Dave Keegan Photography
An aerial shot of Bray captured on a drone. Photo credit: Mike Manweiler Quinn / High Wire
'My son Alex enjoying the snowy weather in Cherrywood, Dublin,' - Photo sent in by Artur Jaworski
Abbeyleix captured by Hadrian Boyle-Fawsitt
Julie Lynch's dog enjoys the snow in Smithfield, Dublin this morning. Pic: Julie Lynch
Ahead of the snowball fight in The Swan, Co Laois. Photo credit: Alison Deegan
Sledding in Foxrock. Photo credit: Julie Delaney
Smithfield rooftops captured by Julie Lynch
Jessica and Henry Flynn in Ballinteer, Dublin 16. Photo captured by mum Emma Flynn.
Mary Collier's dog doesn't seem fond on what's on offer in his food bowl in the snow. Pic: Mary Collier
Marlay Park captured by Laura Quilty
The military graveyard at the Curragh in Kildare. Pic sent in by Susan Coffey
Pip enjoying the snow in Mullingar. Sent in by Sighle Fitzgerald
Alicia, Atalie and Ashie
Glendalough, Co Wicklow Photo: Cillian Ó Gairbhí
Trinity College students
Upside down snowman in Drumcooley, Edenderry Co Offaly
Edenderry, Offaly
Oliver Smyth building his first ever snowman
Conor, Knocklyon
Lough Dan, Co Wicklow
Wilson, Offaly
Darcie celebrated her birthday by enjoying a day off school
Drumcondra this morning Photo: Krishna
Ballyedmonduff, Dublin Mountains Photo: Lisa Doyle
Dire Scanlon (6 months old) having his first snow day in Donaghmede, Dublin 13
Mullingar, Co Westmeath
Amon, Eli, Bruno, Mathilda and Zoja enjoying the snow day in Clonakilty
Greystones, Co Wicklow
Naoise, Conor and Aiden at St Anne's, Raheny
Charlie O'Neill
Nutgrove, Dublin
Oran Wheelan enjoying the snow in Tuckmill, Baltinglass in Co Wicklow
The Curragh
Quill Road, Kilmacanogue
Lucan, Dublin
Carrigaline, Co Cork
Molly playing in the snow in Clonskeagh, Dublin
Grace Corrigan, Lucan
Tadhg Bohan, Park West
Glendalough, Co Wicklow Photo: Cillian Ó Gairbhí
Lexie, Mylee and Frankie's snowman
27 Feb 2018; Tyanna Darcy, 2, left, and Sandrio Jiqia, 4, enjoy playing in the snow. Lanesborough, Finglas, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Aoibhe, Grace and Fiadh Corrigan in Lucan
Glendalough, Co Wicklow Photo: Cillian Ó Gairbhí
Phoenix Park, Dublin
Pat and Gillian Quinn
Maynooth University last night
Wellington Square, Waterford
Mountpleasant, Co Louth
Carrigaline, Co Cork
Nearly three inches of snow near Lough Dan, Co Wicklow
Poolbeg this morning
A Dublin City Council worker about to grit a bridge on Dublin’s Quays
Bettystown, Meath
Killin, Dundalk
Blackglen View, South Dublin
Heavy snow in the Dublin Mountains
Cooper looking out at the snow in Wicklow
A Westie enjoys the snow in the Curragh
A dog enjoying the snow at Poolbeg Towers

For more on public transport, please visit here.

Fuel allowance will be doubled in the coming week

As temperatures continue to plummet, the fuel allowance paid to over 300,000 households will be doubled over the coming week from €22.50 weekly to €45.

Social Protection Minister said that her Department will ensure that people are looked after during the cold snap.

"Anybody who needs to get money will get that," she said.

For more information on the increase in fuel allowance during Storm Emma, please click here.

The HSE has cancelled some non-essential services

The HSE said this morning that their "winter plan is in place" but that their national and local services are likely to be impacted by the weather.

impact of the weather conditions”.

Tallaght Hospital has cancelled adult and paediatric outpatient clinics, surgery on waiting list patients, routine procedures and blood tests have been cancelled.

Patients required to attend Tallaght Hospital for urgent appointments / procedures will be contacted directly.

For more information on the HSE during Storm Emma, please visit here.

Some Government Departments will close

It has been confirmed that Government departments, office and agencies that aren't involved in providing essential services will close on Thursday and Friday in Leinster and Munster.

Keep safe and warm, but if you are out in Storm Emma we'd love to see your photos and videos. Send by email to contact@independent.ie or Whatsapp to 0871847169

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