Tidal flood warning for city quays as Storm Callum hits

Tidal flood warning for city quays as Storm Callum hits
Archive image of flooding on Morrisons Island, Cork. City Hall is warning of potential tidal surges in the area tonight and tomorrow. Picture Dan Linehan

CITY Hall is warning of potential tidal surges in the city centre this evening and tomorrow morning as Storm Callum makes landfall.

Status Orange wind warnings are in place for Cork and Kerry, with strong winds forecast.

Met Éireann has warned of southeast winds veering southwest will gust between 100 and 130km/hr and even higher in some coastal areas.

This is in addition to a spell of heavy rain and high tides which, City Hall said, could cause coastal flooding and damage.

"Cork City Council's flood assessment team is reviewing the situation with regard to poor weather and flood risk with the expected landfall of Storm Callum at approximately 10pm tonight," a statement from City Hall said.

A tidal surge is predicted across today and tomorrow.

Cork City Council is advising that there is a possibility that roads and parking areas along low-lying quays may suffer from localised spot flooding at high tide this evening at 7.56pm and again tomorrow morning at 8.15am.

Traffic restrictions will be put in place from approximately 5pm today until 10am tomorrow.

These apply to Morrison’s Island, Union Quay, Wandesford Quay, Frenches Quay and Crosses Green.

The City Council’s Flood Assessment Team is continuing to meet throughout the day and will keep matters under review.

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