Two more weather warnings issued: Cork City Council says there is a 'significant risk' of flooding

Two more weather warnings issued: Cork City Council says there is a 'significant risk' of flooding
Local flooding of the river Lee on Morrison’s Quay ahead of the arrival of Storm Ellen yesterday.Picture: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

A status yellow wind warning has been issued for several counties, including Cork.

The warning, which was issued this morning, will come into effect from 5pm this evening and will remain in place until 5am tomorrow.

"Very strong south to southeast winds later today, veering southwesterly overnight with the potential for further impacts and a continued risk of coastal flooding," Met Éireann have stated.

There is also a countrywide status yellow rainfall warning in effect from now until 5am tomorrow.

The national forecaster has said, "heavy squally downpours and thunderstorms will bring a risk of spot flooding at times today and tonight".

Cork City Council has moved to advise the public that there is a "significant risk" of tidal flooding from 7:30pm tonight when there will be a period of very high astronomical spring tides.

"A tidal surge and periodic strong southerly/south-easterly winds are also to occur at this time. 

"These factors combined will result in tide levels higher than the natural tide levels," the council stated.

High tide this evening will occur just after 7:30pm.

Tomorrow, high tides will be at 7:55am and 20:16pm.

The council has said flooding is likely to occur at low lying areas of the city centre in particular on Morrison’s Quay, Mathew Quay, Mathew Street, Union Quay, Trinity Bridge, South Terrace, Lavitt's Quay, Kyrl's Street, Kyrl's Quay, Crosses Green, Sharman Crawford St and Wandesford Quay.

There is also a risk of flooding at Lapps Quay, MacSwiney Quay, Albert Quay, Kennedy Quay, Proby's Quay, French's Quay, Lancaster Quay, Sullivan’s Quay, South Mall and via side streets onto Oliver Plunkett Street.

City Council has said there is a limited stock of gel bags and sand-bags available for collection by members of the public and businesses until 5pm today.

These can be collected from the Council Depot at Anglesea Terrace.

A number of road closures and traffic restrictions will be introduced from early this afternoon. 

Diversions will be put in place to ensure traffic can still circulate.

Motorists are advised not to park in any of the listed areas from 6pm this evening until after the flood waters have abated, which is expected to be between 8:30pm and 9pm. 

David Joyce, Director of Operational Services in Cork City Council said the council is "well prepared to support the citizens and businesses of Cork during this unusual August tidal event". 

"Our flood response plan has been activated and in conjunction with the other Principal Response Agencies, including the Fire Services, An Garda Siochana and the Civil Defence, we stand ready to respond to whatever issues that may arise this evening," he said. 

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