Red weather warning for Cork and Kerry as Storm Eunice makes its way to Ireland

Red weather warning for Cork and Kerry as Storm Eunice makes its way to Ireland

Schools and colleges have been advised to close tomorrow in nine counties as a result of Storm Eunice.

A Status Red weather warning has been issued for Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Clare as Storm Eunice makes its way to Ireland while other counties are also under a Status Orange warning.

Schools have been advised to close where there is an orange snow warning in place – Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo and Roscommon – as well as in Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Clare where there is a red weather warning.

Schools in other counties may open subject to local conditions.

Where orange snow warnings are in place, high winds combined with snow may lead to blizzard-like conditions.

Status Red wind warning: Cork, Kerry and Clare.

Valid from 3am until 8am on Friday.

Status Red wind warning: Waterford.

Valid from 7am until 11am on Friday.

Status Orange wind warning: Munster, Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Offaly, Wexford, Wicklow and Galway.

Valid from 3am until 11am on Friday.

Status Orange snow warning: Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo and Roscommon.

Valid from 3am until 3pm on Friday.

Status Yellow wind, rain and snow warning: Entire country.

Valid from 1am until 3pm on Friday.

Schools

Schools in counties with a red warning in place and with an orange snow warning in place have been advised to close. This includes Cork, Kerry, Clare, Waterford, Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo and Roscommon.

Schools in other counties may open subject to local conditions.

People in Cork and Kerry are advised to stay indoors for the duration of the storm.

Transport and health services

Picture: Dan Linehan

Bus Éireann and Local Link will not be operating in Cork and Kerry tomorrow.

Irish Rail will operate during the red warning, provided there is no damage, but people are advised to check for cancellations or delays.

Those living in Cork and Kerry have been advised that the adverse weather conditions may result in some disruption to HSE services.

People who are travelling to appointments in these counties are reminded that they should not travel while the Status Red warning is in place. Staff are expecting people to be delayed reaching their appointments and will fully understand.

Currently, no elective inpatient or outpatient appointments or procedures have been cancelled.

The National Ambulance Service is asking people to think carefully before calling an ambulance during the storm but where there is an emergency, personnel will do their best to reach those in greatest need of emergency services.

Covid-19 testing and vaccination centres in Kerry and Cork will open once the Status Red weather warning has passed.

Day services and appointments at health centres and primary care centres will all go ahead once the weather warning has passed.

Fota Wildlife Park in Cork has said it will close on Friday due to the conditions and for the safety of their visitors as well as animals and staff. 

“We thank you for your patience and understanding,” they said.

Storm expected to be ‘short and sharp’

Met Éireann’s Bonnie Diamond warned there would be wind speeds of 130 kph which could lead to fallen trees, danger to buildings and power lines.

Met Éireann’s Bonnie Diamond warned there would be wind speeds of 130 kph which could lead to fallen trees, danger to buildings and power lines.

The Red alert for Cork and Kerry was “relatively rare” and was reserved for the most dangerous, severe and impactful weather conditions, she told RTÉ’s News at One.

People in red areas should not go outside, cancel trips, should stay away from coastal areas and stay indoors until the storm passes.

Storm Eunice is expected to track over the country tonight, bringing severe and potentially damaging winds, gusting up to 130km/h.

Storm Eunice is expected to track over the country tonight, bringing severe and potentially damaging winds, gusting up to 130km/h. Pic: Brian Lawless

A status yellow wind, rain and snow warning is in place for the entire country from 1am tonight until 3pm Friday and there have been warnings that mass power outages and coastal flooding are possible as a result of the stormy conditions.

Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast  this morning Gerry Murph

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