Met Éireann has issued the following Severe Weather Alert in relation to Galway:
“Status Orange - Wind warning for Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Galway
On Tuesday and Tuesday night, due to Storm Barra, southerly winds, later becoming to northwesterly, will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80 km/hr with severe or damaging gusts of up to 130 Km/ hr, possibly higher in coastal areas. Disruption to power and travel are likely.
High waves, high tides, heavy rain and storm surge will lead to wave overtopping and a significant possibility of coastal flooding.”
· OPW Storm Surge Forecast for Galway Bay indicates risk of overtopping, flooding and damage.
· High winds can increase risk to trees.
Since the initial warnings of Storm Barra, Galway City Council’s weather response team has commenced contingency planning. Further instructions will be issued nationally by the National Emergency Co-ordination Centre following its meetings at 10.00am and 2.30pm today.
The Inter-Agency Co-ordination group - comprising of Galway City Council, An Garda Síochána, Galway Fire and Rescue Service, Galway Civil Defence and the HSE - under Galway City Council’s Severe Weather Plan (under our Major Emergency Plan) met this morning. The inter-agency group will also meet again this afternoon following the national meetings.
Public notification of all contingency arrangements will be outlined in detail this afternoon. This will include arrangements for the deployment and collection of sandbags, potential road closures, car park closures, public advisories, and other relevant information.