Council response crews on standby ahead of Storm Francis as Cork braces for torrential rain

Council response crews on standby ahead of Storm Francis as Cork braces for torrential rain
Heavy rainfall is forecast from 9pm on Monday through to 9pm on Tuesday.Credit: Damian Coleman

Cork County Council is prepared with response crews and contractors on standby as Storm Francis approaches with further wet and stormy weather forecast for Cork overnight and tomorrow.

A Status Orange rainfall warning is in place for Cork and two Status Yellow warnings for wind and rain over the next two days have also been issued by Met Éireann.

The Orange rainfall warning covers Cork, Kerry and Waterford, Connacht, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, and Wexford.

Cork County Council's Severe Weather Assessment and Crisis Management Teams have convened in response to the weather warnings and have reviewed preparations. Council response crews and contractors have been put on notice and are on standby.

Council crews have also been working to remove debris from grates and culverts, following the recent period of adverse weather, which resulted in large amounts of debris being washed into shores and grates.

Additional precautions remain in place at Rossa Road in Skibbereen due to works in progress, while crews also remain on standby in other areas affected by flood events.

Cork County Council expects the impact to include fallen trees and flash flooding, particularly given current ground saturation levels, as well as possible structural damage from high winds.

An Taoiseach Micheal Martin takes questions from the media as he visits the flood damaged houses and businesses of Skibbereen after a flood caused extensive damage to a number of premises in the popular Irish tourist town. Photo Damien Storan.
An Taoiseach Micheal Martin takes questions from the media as he visits the flood damaged houses and businesses of Skibbereen after a flood caused extensive damage to a number of premises in the popular Irish tourist town. Photo Damien Storan.

Members of the public are advised to stay high, stay dry and stay away from the coast, rivers and lakes. With strong gusts and high waves predicted, people are urged to refrain from visiting coastal areas.

Property owners, residents and visitors are advised to take necessary precautions for this dangerous weather event, to protect property, to avoid unnecessary journeys and stay indoors during the warning periods.

Following recent weather events, trees have been weakened and remain susceptible to further damage. Landowners are asked to examine trees within their property for damage.

Those camping or in caravans are asked to seek alternative accommodation indoors, as temporary structures are particularly at risk. Extra precaution should be taken to secure caravans, camping equipment and any other loose items.

The Eldon Hotel during the cleanup operation.Eileen O'Donovan and daughter Louise. Flood aftermath at Bridge Street, Skibbereen, Co Cork after the overnight flooding on the street during Storm Ellen.Pic; Larry Cummins
The Eldon Hotel during the cleanup operation.Eileen O'Donovan and daughter Louise. Flood aftermath at Bridge Street, Skibbereen, Co Cork after the overnight flooding on the street during Storm Ellen.Pic; Larry Cummins

Cork County Council is advising road users to be aware of the danger posed by high winds. Driving conditions may be hazardous with surface flooding possible. Motorists are advised to drive with caution during heavy rain and not to drive through flood waters and be conscious of cyclists and pedestrians.

Dursey Cable Car will remain closed on Tuesday and will return to operation only when wind speeds permit.

Issues such as fallen trees, flooding and road damage should be reported to the relevant local area office during working hours or contact the Council’s Emergency Out of Hours number on 021 4800048.

The strong winds may give rise to localised power outages. In the event of a disruption to power supply ESB Networks can be contacted at 1850 372999 and in the event of a disruption to water supply Irish Water can be contacted at 1850 278278.

In the event of an emergency call 999 or 112 and request the Fire Service, Ambulance Service, Gardaí or Irish Coastguard as appropriate.

Update - 11.50am:

A Status Orange rainfall warning is in place for Cork as Storm Francis approaches.

Two Status Yellow warnings for wind and rain over the next two days have also been issued by Met Éireann.

The Orange rainfall warning covers Cork, Kerry and Waterford, Connacht, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, and Wexford.

"Intense rainfall associated with Storm Francis is expected at times Monday night and Tuesday, leading to accumulations of 40 to 60mm (higher values in mountainous areas),” the forecaster said.

It warned that some flash flooding likely and that the rainfall will further elevate river levels and may result in river flooding.

The warning comes into effect at 9pm tonight until 5pm tomorrow.

Earlier:

A Status Yellow rainfall warning for the country has been issued by Met Éireann.

Intense rainfall is expected at times Monday night and again on Tuesday with rainfall of 30 to 50 mm and surface flooding expected.

Met Éireann has warned that the rainfall will further elevate river levels and may result in river flooding.

The Status Yellow warning will come into effect from 9pm tonight and will remain in place until 9pm on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, a Status Yellow wind warning is in place for Munster, Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford.

Tuesday will see strong southwest winds veer westerly with widespread mean speeds between 50 and 65km/h and gusts between 90 and 110km/h which will be higher in coastal areas.

The warning is in place from 6am on Tuesday until 7pm on Tuesday.

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