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Some important tips from Met Eireann as the eye of Storm Barra hits


By Sarah Finnan
07th Dec 2021

windguru.cz

Some important tips from Met Eireann as the eye of Storm Barra hits

As Storm Barra arrives in Ireland, Met Éireann has shared a list of advice to help keep you and your family safe.

It’s been four years since Storm Ophelia battered our shores and we were treated to that clip of Teresa Mannion reporting live from the Salthill Prom. One of the most iconic Irish news clips since that poor man slipped on the ice, the advice she gave then still holds true now – don’t make unnecessary journeys, don’t take risks on treacherous roads. You can swim in the sea, but don’t today… all relevant, I think you’ll agree. 

Now as Storm Barra makes landfall across the country, Met Éireann has shared their own tips on how best to weather the next few days. Predicting that no area will escape impact, the national forecaster has urged people to heed their advice and not underestimate the severity of the situation. 

Red and orange wind warnings have been issued for many parts of the country – most of them along the coast, though the “strongest and most impactful winds” are expected out west. Dangerous conditions are also expected at sea with marine warnings in place along all Irish coasts, including a Red marine warning for southwestern sea areas. Heavy rain has been reported across much of Ireland and thousands of homes have already been affected by power cuts so far this morning. 

The Irish Coast Guard, Road Safety Authority, An Garda Síochána, and local authorities have all issued the same public safety advice: 

  • Stay away from all coastal areas for the duration of the Met Éireann warnings
  • Only necessary road journeys should be undertaken and motorists should slow down and be aware of the dangers of fallen trees and debris 
  • The public are warned to never approach electricity wires (which are always live) – if you see fallen or damaged wires, keep clear and phone ESB Networks immediately on 1800 372 999/021 238 2410
  • People are advised to shelter in place for the duration of the weather warning, particularly in areas where there is a red weather warning in place

It is also best practice to ensure that any devices you may need (e.g. laptops, mobile phones etc.) are fully charged in case your electricity should go unexpectedly. If possible, check in on elderly or vulnerable neighbours to ensure that they are managing ok throughout the day too. 

According to meteorologist Aoife Kealy, “Storm Barra will gradually move eastwards away from Ireland through Wednesday afternoon and winds will gradually lessen, though Wednesday will still be a windy day. Thursday and Friday look like much improved days following Storm Barra, though there will still be spells of rain at times.”

The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful and there’s absolutely no chance we’ll be leaving the house today. Stay safe out there!