Bus Éireann has announced the temporary suspension of a number of Cork city and regional services in response to the Status Red wind warning as Strom Ellen approaches.
A number of routes will be affected due to the storm which is set to sweep the country tonight.
The 7.30pm from Waterford to Cork, 8.30pm from Cork to Tralee and 8.40pm from Cork to Waterford bus routes will not operate.
The 8.35pm from Limerick to Cork and 8.55pm from Cork to Limerick bus routes will not operate.
All services on Routes 201 to 226 will be withdrawn from 8pm. Overnight services on Route 220 are likely to resume from 1am tomorrow, subject to an improvement in the weather conditions.
The 22.30pm Cork to Macroom bus route will not operate.
The 7.40pm service from Cork to Skibbereen will not operate beyond Bandon and the 8pm Skibbereen to Cork service will not operate.
The 10.45pm Cork to Bandon service will not operate.
The 7.30pm service from Cork to Fermoy will be extended to Clonmel and the 8.30pm service from Cork to Mitchelstown will not operate beyond Fermoy.
The 8.30pm service from Fermoy to Cork; the 9.30pm service from Cork to Mitchelstown; the 10.30pm service from Cork to Clonmel; the 10.40pm service from Mitchelstown to Cork and the 11.30pm service from Cork to Fermoy will not operate.
The 11pm service from Cork to Youghal will not operate Route 261: The 8.15pm, 9.30pm and 10.15pm services from Cork to Ballinacurra and the 8.50pm. 10.05pm and 10.50pm services from Ballinacurra to Cork will not operate.
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A status red wind warning has been issued for Cork with gale to storm force winds expected from 9pm.
Met Éireann has confirmed that Storm Ellen will produce a core of very severe and destructive winds between 9pm and midnight tonight.
Cork City Council has said that it is continuing to monitor the developing weather and flooding situation in Cork and said that the threat of widespread flooding has receded but there will be low level pooling along the low-lying quays in the city centre tonight at approximately 7pm.
The council has advised the public to take care in these areas which include South Terrace, Morrison’s Quay, Fr. Matthew Quay, Trinity Bridge, Union Quay, Sharman Crawford Street, Wandesford Quay, French's Quay, Crosses Green, Lavitt’s Quay, and Kyrl’s Quay.
The likelihood of more widespread tidal flooding on Thursday night from 7pm onwards still remains and further updates on the specific situation regarding tidal flooding on Thursday night will be issued tomorrow morning by the council.
A Status Red gale warning is also in place with gale to storm force winds expected southeast veering southwest this evening and tonight on all Irish coastal waters and on the Irish Sea.
Met Éireann have forecast that winds will reach violent storm force 11 for a time on coasts from Carnsore point to Valentia to Slyne Head.
Meanwhile, a Status Orange wind warning is in place for Munster, Galway and Mayo and a Status Yellow wind warning is in place for the rest of the country.
The National Directorate of Fire and Emergency Management (NDFEM) Crisis Management Team met this morning to assess the updated forecast from Met Éireann regarding Storm Ellen.
Local Authority Severe Weather Assessment Teams were advised yesterday to actively monitor Met Éireann and OPW forecasts during this period of unsettled weather and to consider activation of Crisis Management and Local Coordination arrangements, where deemed necessary.
The NDFEM Crisis Management Team have followed up with calls today to coastal counties advising of potential for coastal flooding and very high winds along exposed coasts. Local authorities are preparing for Storm Ellen, deploying temporary flood defences and putting response staff on standby.
People are being asked to take into account the Met Éireann weather warnings affecting their location and people holidaying in coastal locations are asked to stay away from all coastal arwad for the duration of the warnings.
Road users are being asked to be aware of the hazardous traveling conditions and motorists are also being asked to slow down and be aware of the dangers of fallen trees and debris.
People are also advised not to touch or approach fallen wires, stay safe and stay clear of fallen or damaged electricity wires, and contact the ESB on 1850 372999.
The Irish Coast Guard, An Garda Síochána and local authorities are relaying public safety advice based on the warnings issued by Met Éireann in advance of the arrival of Storm Ellen.
The Coast Guard has warned of Met Éireann’s latest forecast and of high Spring tides coming into effect in coastal areas.
In a Tweet, the Coast Guard said: “The Coast Guard strongly advises the public to stay away from exposed beaches, cliffs and piers during storm conditions.”