Batten down the hatches: Storm Ellen expected to bring disruptive winds this evening

Batten down the hatches: Storm Ellen expected to bring disruptive winds this evening
An umbrella after being put in a bin having been damaged in the high winds in Cork.Picture Denis Minihane.

Met Éireann has issued an orange wind warning for Cork, with severe and potentially damaging winds expected this evening and overnight as Storm Ellen makes landfall.

The storm, which has been forming over the Atlantic, is forecast to move over the southwest of Ireland this evening, tracking northwards over the country during Wednesday night and daytime Thursday.

Evelyn Cusack, Head of forecasting, Met Éireann said that gusts generally of 80 to 100km/h can be expected this evening and gusts may exceed 130km/h in some exposed coastal and mountain locations and some lower locations due to funnelling effects.

Heavy rain is also expected with a risk of flooding.

The orange wind warning will come into effect at 9pm this evening and remains in effect until 12 noon on Thursday.

Cork City Council meanwhile has advised that there will be a period of high astronomical Spring tides this Wednesday until Friday with a risk that some roads and parking areas along low-lying quays in the city centre may suffer localised flooding during high tides.

These areas include South Terrace, Morrison’s Quay, Fr. Matthew Quay, Trinity Bridge, Union Quay, Sharman Crawford Street, Wandesford Quay, Frenche’s Quay, Crosses Green, Lavitt’s Quay, Kyrl’s Quay.

Traffic restrictions may be in place at these locations during these times.

High tide is at 6.52pm this evening, at 7.12am and at 19.33pm tomorrow and at 7.55am and 8.16pm on Friday.

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