Monday, January 13, 2020

High seas along the West Cork coastline during Storm Lorenzo last October.
Picture Denis Minihane.

Mayo County Council has this morning confirmed that flood emergency plans will continue for the duration of Met Éireann’s Status Orange wind warning, which is due to remain in place until 9pm.

Met Éireann has reported wind gusts of 113km/hr in Newport and 111km/hr in Belmullet. A Status Orange wind warning is in place until midnight.

The local flood emergency plans are active across all municipal districts, and the public is urged to avoid coastal areas, where possible, as there is a very high risk posed by wind and high seas.

The R313 regional road from Belmullet to Blacksod will stay closed for the remainder of the day, due to damage to a section of the road as a result of the storm. Local diversions are in place.

Council offices are open as normal today, with crews to be deployed to areas where assistance is needed, subject to the safety of staff,  Martina Hughes, Head of Communications at Mayo County Council confirmed.

“We are urging the general public to be careful as they go about their daily routines. Should you need to travel, extreme care should be exercised,” she said.

Ms Hughes also warned of the potential for fallen trees, branches, electricity wires, debris on the roads and walk-ways, and flooding in certain areas.

The council will continue to issue updates throughout the day.

 

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