Storm Brendan latest: Further flood warning issued for Cork tomorrow

Storm Brendan latest: Further flood warning issued for Cork tomorrow
A caravan rests on its side near the beach at Garretstown Co Cork after being blown over in Storm Brendan. Picture Denis Boyle

UPDATED 5.20pm

Cork City Council has warned of the risk of further flooding during high tides tomorrow. 

A yellow weather warning remains in place and a statement from City Hall said: "Cork City Council wish to advise that there will be a period of high astronomical Spring tides this Tuesday.

"There is a risk that some roads & parking areas along low lying quays in the city centre may suffer localised flooding during high tides; i.e. 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."

High tide is at 8.01am.

UPDATED 3PM

Reports are emerging of flooding on the Tivoli dual carriageway and near Mayfield Shopping Centre on the North Ring Road. 

Met Eireann has now issued a status yellow wind warning for Cork. 

The Safehaven Marine XSV20 Thunder Child 2 taking part in a sea trials during Storm Brendan off Roches Point, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan
The Safehaven Marine XSV20 Thunder Child 2 taking part in a sea trials during Storm Brendan off Roches Point, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan

As Storm Brendan tracks away from Ireland, southwest to west winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65 km/h with gusts of 90 to 110km/h, highest in exposed areas.

There is a significant risk of coastal flooding due to the combination of high spring tides and storm surge.

The advisory is in place from 3pm until 8pm tonight.

The status orange wind warning has now ceased.

A trampoline near a rugby pitch in Mahon, Cork: Pic: Cork Safety Alerts.
A trampoline near a rugby pitch in Mahon, Cork: Pic: Cork Safety Alerts.


UPDATED 1PM

ESB Networks has confirmed to The Echo that there are 9,000 power outages across the county with 3,000 of these situated in the city. 

However, a spokesperson said the number is fluctuating as crews respond to reported faults.

The Cross River Ferry service from Cobh to Passage West has now resumed.

Gusts of over 130kms have been recorded in Midleton and Ballinacurra.

Cork City Fire Brigade crews are dealing with multiple incidents across the city as Storm Brendan progresses. Most of these are incidents of fallen trees.

A fire crew attends to a fallen tree in the city. Pic: Cork City Fire Brigade
A fire crew attends to a fallen tree in the city. Pic: Cork City Fire Brigade

UPDATED 12:15PM

Cork Simon has said they will facilitate anyone who comes looking for a bed during Storm Brendan.

Cork Simon's Campaigns and Communications Manager, Paul Sheehan, says it is hard to say whether they will see an increase in the number of people seeking shelter tonight. "Overall, the number of people looking for a bed has increased. During weather like this, we need to make sure we have a bed for everyone who comes to us.

"In our Nightlight and emergency accommodation service, we will be able to create space in the rec room and TV room if needs be," says Mr Sheehan.

"We will also look at our other houses and see if there is space there, like on a sofa, if there is an increase in people coming to us tonight.

"In December we had a few free beds on some nights, which is not unusual. There could have been a space in a B&B or other emergency accommodation [opeated by the Government].

"We usually see an increase in the uptake of beds in January and February too."

Storm Brendan is set to affect all of Ireland today, with heavy rain and strong winds forecast.

In Cork, there are reports of power outages, trees falling down, roofs being damaged and trampolines blowing out onto roads.


UPDATED 11:00AM

Sightings of a trampoline on the N40 South Ring Road towards the Wilton exit have just been reported, as well as one on the road between Buttevant and Churchtown by the Crossroads Bar. Meanwhile, there are traffic delays on the main street in Ballincollig as the Fire Brigade are currently attending the scene of roof which has been damaged as a result of the storm.

Power outage reports continue to come in, the latest of which in Passage West and Liscarroll.

Reports of Christmas trees being blown from drop off points across the city are coming in. One tree is loose on the Old Youghal Road near Mayfield Library and another just off the road on Colmcille Avenue. Sinéad Halpin (Social Democrat) has alerted Cork City Council to this who have stated that they will attend to the matter as soon as possible.

Cork County Council has announced that all civic amenity sites and recycling centres will not be open this morning and will remain closed for the duration of the storm for the safety of staff and patrons. Fota Wildlife Park is also closed to the public today in the interests of safety.

There are a number of reports of fallen trees across Cork this morning. Between Kanturk and Liscarroll, a tree is being held up by power/phone lines. In the last few minutes, fallen trees near Creans Cross on the Nadd side, one between Dripsey and Inniscarra and on the N27 South City Link Road, a tress has fallen across two lanes approaching Kinsale Road roundabout.

Homeowners and motorists have been urged to take caution with gusts of up to 100km/h being reported. Homeowners are being advised to take a number of precautions to secure their property. It is recommended that the public check their external walls and windows to ensure they are adequately water-resistant, as well as having sandbags on standby if property is in a low-lying area. Insurance companies are advising people to keep personal and expensive items as high above ground level as possible and if items become damaged as a result of the weather, photograph the evidence.

The public have also been warned to avoid unnecessary journeys. If you must drive, plan your route and avoid areas with crosswinds, overarching trees etc. Motorists should also give other vehicles more space than usual and ensure they are using the correct lights for visibility. Tyres should be inspected before making a car journey and motorists should pull in at a safe location if conditions deteriorate.

Wind gusts of 100km/h have been recorded at Sherkin island this morning.

Power outages have been recorded in Tower area of Cork where 1400 customers are affected.  

Outages have also been reported in Mallow, Kanturk and Ballyvourney.

Met Eireann has now said that "very dangerous" wind conditions are expected along coastal areas.

Several instances of trees falling have been recorded across the county including one blocking two lanes approaching the Kinsale Road Roundabout.

Mahon Golf Course has closed for the day due to high winds and will be inspected again tomorrow morning at 9am. 

Fota Wildlife Park has announced the wildlife park will remain closed on Monday due to the expected bad weather. 

Cork County Council has taken the decision to close all civic amenity sites and recycling centres for the duration of the storm. 

UPDATED 8:11AM: 

The Cross River ferry from Cobh to Passage West has been suspended until further notice due to high winds.

Power outages are now being reported in Cork with a fault in the Carrigtwohill area affecting 208 customers.

AA Roadwatch has issued an advisory to motorists this morning: 

"Watch out for wind-blown debris on the roads, and give extra space to vulnerable road users like pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. Strong cross-winds may affect control of your vehicle so slow down. Only drive through standing water if you’re sure it’s not too deep for your car."

UPDATED 7:27AM: There have been reports this morning of small scale, localised flooding at Fr Mathew Quay and Lavitt's Quay as water breached the river walls. 

High tide passed in the city with just minor flood on some quaysides.

Met Eireann issued an update on the weather conditions for Cork, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford this morning.

"As Storm Brendan tracks to the northwest of Ireland, southerly winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 70 km/h with gusts of 100 to 120 km/h, higher in exposed areas.

"There is a significant risk of coastal flooding due to the combination of high spring tides and storm surge."

Heavy rainfall is expected to hit the city between 10am and 1pm.

EARLIER: Cork City Council has warned the combination of high astronomical spring tides and the arrival of Storm Brendan will bring a flood risk to the city on both Monday and Tuesday. 

In a statement, City Hall said: "There is a risk that some roads and parking areas along low lying quays in the city centre may suffer localised flooding during high tides: 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, Kyrl’s Quay."

Met Eireann has issued a Status Orange weather warning for Cork tomorrow. 

A Yellow warning will be in place from Monday until Thursday. 

As the storm tracks to the northwest of Ireland, southerly winds will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80km/h with gusts of 110 to 130km/h, highest in coastal areas.

There is a significant risk of coastal flooding due to the combination of high spring tides and storm surge.

The Orange weather warning is in place from 7am Monday until 3pm Monday, with a Yellow warning afterwards. 

A statement from County Hall today said: "Cork County Council's Severe Weather Assessment Team have convened today in response to this weather warning and reviewed preparations. Council response crews have been put on notice and are on standby. 

"Members of the public are advised to stay high, stay dry and to stay away from the coast, rivers and lakes.

"Cork County Council expects the main impact from Storm Brendan to include fallen trees, possible structural damage from high winds and coastal flooding caused by the storm surge. Coastal property owners are advised to take the usual precautions in advance of this storm.

"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 reminded to take additional care and be conscious of cyclists and pedestrians."

Dursey cable car is not expected to operate tomorrow as the service is stopped once wind speeds exceed 65km/hr. 

In the event of disruption to power supply, contact ESB Networks at 1850 372 999.

In the event of disruption to water supply, contact Irish Water at 1850 278278.

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