Storm Jorge upgraded to status Orange for Cork; Events across city and county facing the axe

Storm Jorge upgraded to status Orange for Cork; Events across city and county facing the axe
IE THE ECHO LIVE NEWS 15/02/2020 High seas at Garrettstown, Co. Cork, during Storm Dennis.Picture Denis Minihane.

UPDATE:

The weather warning for Cork this weekend has been upgraded to a status Orange by Met Eireann. 

The Orange warning for wind will be in place from 1pm on Saturday to 7pm.

Severe winds associated with Storm Jorge on Saturday.

Westerly winds will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80km/h for a time on Saturday afternoon and early evening with gusts of 110 to 120km/h, possibly higher in exposed areas.

EARLIER: 

A wind warning has been issued for Cork this weekend with a number of sports events expected to be cancelled or postponed.

The Cork Head of the River regatta scheduled for tomorrow at The Marina in Cork has been postponed.

The organisers took the decision on safety grounds, with 315 crews due to take part.

It has been rescheduled to Saturday next, March 7.

Surfer Cillian Walsh, enjoys the waves during Storm Dennis at Fountainstown, recently. 
Surfer Cillian Walsh, enjoys the waves during Storm Dennis at Fountainstown, recently. 

Southwest veering westerly winds of speeds of 50 to 65km/h with gusts of 90 to 110km/h are expected to sweep the county on Saturday morning.

The warning is valid from 9am on Saturday morning to 3am on Sunday morning.

It comes as the country braces for Storm Jorge which is forecast to bring with it a band of strong winds as it slowly crosses over western and northwestern coastal counties.

The storm, named by the national meteorological service of Spain, is set to track north-eastwards over the Atlantic on Friday night and will approach the country on Saturday morning.

Rain will extend countrywide from the west tonight before the storm arrives.

There is a further yellow level rainfall warning for Munster, Connacht and Donegal from which will come into effect tonight until late on Saturday evening with rainfall accumulations between 20 to 30mm expected tonight and Saturday Met Éireann have said that the spells of heavy rain associated with the latest storm will worsen the flooding situation across the country.

A meeting of the National Emergency Coordination Group is underway to prepare the country for the storm.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Chair of the State's National Emergency Coordination Group, Keith Leonard, warned that conditions will be “hazardous” from early Saturday until late Saturday evening.

He said that the Defence Forces have been deployed to a number of locations and have been working with affected communities for the last number of weeks, however, he said it may not be possible to continue with such operations during the height of the storm.

Braving the elements during Storm Dennis at Garrylucas, recently.Picture Denis Minihane.
Braving the elements during Storm Dennis at Garrylucas, recently.Picture Denis Minihane.

"During the height of that storm, it may not be possible to continue all those operations. It may be a case of suspending them for a period and resuming them then at first light on Sunday morning when conditions improve,” he said.

He asked that people be “vigilant about vulnerable and isolated neighbours” and to check their neighbours before the storm and warned that there could be widespread power cuts.

Storm Jorge is the fourth storm to hit the country since the beginning of the year.

Storm Brendan hit the country in mid-January and Storm Ciara and Dennis both hit the country in recent weeks, bringing with them strong winds and rainfall.

Meanwhile, the Road Safety Authority (RSA), is asking road users to exercise caution while using the roads over the next few days.

Road users in areas affected by the weather warnings are advised to check local traffic and weather conditions before setting out on a journey.

The RSA has advised motorists to take extra caution while travelling on Irish roads this weekend.

It has advised cyclists and pedestrians to take extra care when crossing roads and to wear bright clothing and reflective items.

For full advice on severe weather driving tips, visit the RSA website.

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