Update: Many homes in Cork without power but Storm Atiyah is downgraded

Update: Many homes in Cork without power but Storm Atiyah is downgraded
Surf froth at Spanish Point, Co. Clare as storm Atiyah batters the west coast. Photograph Press 22

9.15pm:

Reports of power outages continued into the night with issues in Glengarrif, Iniscarra, Whites Cross and around Ballydehob among other places.

Gardaí and Fire services told The Echo there were a number of trees down across the county, but thankfully no serious road traffic collisions or injuries.

The Coastguard also said the evening had passed without any major emergencies and all emergency services agreed the wind and rain was subsiding slightly at this time.

The Status Red warning that was in place for Kerry has been downgraded to Orange.

Update 7.15pm:

There are reports of several trees down across the Cork County, blocking roads, as well as power outages.

One tree is said to be down between Shanballymore and Canteen Cross, with another on the R618 at Carrigadrohid and another across the R600, towards Riverstick.

Further reports of trees down between Little Island and Glounthaune, just before Little Island train station with more on Rougrane Road, Glounthaune as well as Coachford and Lissarda.

Power outages have also been called in at the Glouthaune area, Carrignavar area and in Crosshaven.

Storm Atiyah hit West Cork this afternoon with winds up to 100kmh. A car drives along the N71 into Bantry as big waves breach the sea wall. Picture: Andy Gibson.
Storm Atiyah hit West Cork this afternoon with winds up to 100kmh. A car drives along the N71 into Bantry as big waves breach the sea wall. Picture: Andy Gibson.

Update 7pm:

High wind speeds caused two flights to be diverted to Dublin and another one diverted to Shannon at around 6pm.

A Ryanair flight from Malta and a Ryanair flight from London Heathrow was also diverted to the capital, due to the strong gusts blowing.

A third Ryanair flight from Budapest was sent to Shannon.

Gardaí warned that gusts were picking up inland following a number of power cuts along the Cork and Kerry coastline.

Update 5.50pm:

Trains to Cork and Kerry are being delayed due to a reduced speed limit implemented as a precaution to Storm Atiyah.

From 2pm, until further notice, trains from Mallow to Cork and Tralee and Cork to Cobh and Midleton have been running at a max speed of 50mph/80kph, resulting in some delays.

Update 3pm: 

A number of Aer Lingus Regional flights have already been cancelled from Cork Airport after 6pm this evening.

Across the day, four flights to and from Manchester, two flights to and from Heathrow, London, as well as flights to Glasgow, Edinburgh and Birmingham have all been cancelled.

As well as this Ballincollig Regional Park is closed for the day and a 5km charity 'Santa Dash' in Kinsale was also cancelled in anticipation of the bad weather.

Glow Cork, which is a festival-type celebration of all things Christmas, has also been closed for the day.

The weather warning has also been updated to Level Red for county Kerry.

All the fishing fleet is alongside in Union Hall Harbour sheltering from the approaching storm Atiyah, with damaging gusts up to 130Kmh expected it’s the safest place to be for the next few days. Credit: Andrew Harris
All the fishing fleet is alongside in Union Hall Harbour sheltering from the approaching storm Atiyah, with damaging gusts up to 130Kmh expected it’s the safest place to be for the next few days. Credit: Andrew Harris

Met Éireann has issued a Level Orange Weather Warning for Storm Atiyah from 1pm today until 6pm tomorrow.

Southwesterly winds, later veering northwesterly, will reach mean speeds between 65 and 80 km/h with gusts between 110 and 130km/h, possibly higher in exposed coastal areas.

Due to a combination of high seas and storm surge there is a possibility of coastal flooding.

The gates to Killarney House and Gardens are locked on Sunday afternoon ahead of Storm Atiyah and a code red weather warning. Photo: Don MacMonagle
The gates to Killarney House and Gardens are locked on Sunday afternoon ahead of Storm Atiyah and a code red weather warning. Photo: Don MacMonagle
Waves smash against cars at Fenit Marina in Fenit Co Kerry. Pic: Domnick Walsh
Waves smash against cars at Fenit Marina in Fenit Co Kerry. Pic: Domnick Walsh

Cork County Council's Severe Weather Assessment Team convened 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 stay away from the coast, rivers and lakes.

Cork County Council expects the main impact from Storm Atiyah to include fallen trees and possibly structural damage from high winds, and coastal flooding caused by the storm surge.

They advise 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.

Motorists are advised to report issues such as fallen trees and road damage to their local Council office during working hours or to call the emergency number (021) 4800048.

While Dursey cable car is scheduled to operate tomorrow this may change depending on weather conditions as the cable car will not operate once wind speeds exceed 65km/hr.

Cable car operations will be suspended on Monday and are scheduled to recommence following an inspection on Tuesday morning.

The strong winds may give rise to localised power outages. In the event of a disruption to power supply, contact ESB Networks at 1850372999.

Union Hall, West Cork, Ireland 8th December 2019. Credit: Andrew Harris
Union Hall, West Cork, Ireland 8th December 2019. Credit: Andrew Harris

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

Cork County Council will continue to monitor this situation. Updates will be provided on Cork County Council’s website www.corkcoco.ieand also across the Council’s social media channels @Corkcoco Cork County Council is urging people to pay particular attention to the following:

At Home – Before the Storm

· Tie down loose items outside that cannot be brought in.

· Have a torch, spare batteries and a battery radio-ready · Stay indoors –and keep pets in.

· Clear windowsills and close curtains to protect against flying glass.

· If gas, electricity or water supplies are cut off, contact if possible the relevant services.

· Keep in contact with family and neighbours especially people living alone.

At Home – After the Storm · As soon as it is safe, rope off or protect damaged areas to prevent injury from falling masonry, roof tiles or broken glass In the event of an emergency Call 999or 112 and request the Fire Service, Ambulance Service, Gardaí or Irish Coastguard as appropriate.

DO NOT assume others will do this.

Further Notices will issue as more information comes to hand.

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