Storm Barra: Flood watches continue

i A man helps a woman on the final day of the Storm Barra floods in Castleblayney, County Down. Storm Barra has finally begun to ease to some extent, but it is not lifting…

Storm Barra: Flood watches continue

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A man helps a woman on the final day of the Storm Barra floods in Castleblayney, County Down.

Storm Barra has finally begun to ease to some extent, but it is not lifting the threat of further flooding across Ireland.

A combination of high tides, rain and high winds means the situation is not getting any better.

Wind speeds from Storm Barra are weakening as it slowly moves across the Irish Sea, but the combined effect of the tides and rain is causing problems for much of the country.

Tens of thousands of people are without power and schools remain closed across the country.

As the weather improves a few flights are being diverted.

Co Down

A number of schools are closed as a result of Storm Barra, particularly in the East of the Island.

Ballycastle Community College is due to re-open on Friday while others are expected to resume normal service.

Storm Barra means that Derrylin County Council can no longer offer bus transfers to Inishowen and there is no extra bus service.

Clare

High winds and tides have caused further flooding in Malin Head, Ennis and other towns.

The coastguard has ordered schools and businesses to close and said more coastal flooding is predicted.

The sea is also rising at Ennis, despite the River Shannon being out of danger.

In Co Clare there have been reports of waves in places over the 20-foot mark.

Further west, Co Galway and Connacht have been hit by strong winds.

Significant coastal flooding was reported in Galway city, Sandyford and Portland.

In Co Galway, the Port Anne gutter and O’Reilly Seabed channel leading to the Menai Strait were among the worst affected areas.

Connacht

A number of schools and sports venues are closed, including Dundrum GAA Club, Stormont Park, while the Irish Lawn Tennis and Golf Club in Uigord near Galway is closed due to flooding.

The Galway City Council operations centre is tracking the storm and flood situation and has suggested people are checking with their local council before setting out.

Areas around Galway such as Newbridge, Clonskeagh, Darkwood, Aughrim, Ballydammagee, Mallow, Helleur and Ballybollock are under flood threat.

Gardaí in Tipperary have set up a casualty check point at the An Taoiseach car park in Limerick City.

The River Shannon has recorded the highest tide at Damavar.

In Limerick, the town centre was completely flooded and some streets were cut off in at least three areas.

Gardaí are advising people in the city centre to keep an eye on the flood situation and if necessary head out to higher ground.

A total of 46 roads across the county have been closed.

Northern Ireland

Extremely high tides means serious flooding in rural areas of the North.

Some areas have reported metre-high tidal waves at Arras in Co Fermanagh.

Western Power Distribution says it is dealing with reports of power cut to rural areas of Derrybridge as a result of high winds and flooding.

Disruption is also reported in nearby towns.

No other disruption is being reported at this stage.

Further to the south, flood warnings are in place in parts of Ormeau Road in Derrybridge, Isola Avenue and north of Derrybridge.

Heavy rains and gales are forecast for the west coast of the province, with visibility likely to be significantly reduced and down to 600m.

The Nifor high tide gage at Portina in County Donegal has reported tides of two metres at the Rossbilly Substation.

Tidal surge warnings in place, with over a metre expected in some parts.

The chairman of Northern Ireland’s Environment Ministeres’ Committee said Storm Barra may be more damaging than Storm Ernesto.

Mr D McHugh said the impact was likely to be quite different because of the longer spell of rain with numerous towns receiving up to 50mm of rain.

The Ormeau Road Bridge in Co Down remains closed in both directions as a precaution after a high tide measuring over one metre.

The bridge was opened by an inspection team on Thursday afternoon, but the opening was delayed after a substation in Co Down was badly damaged by flooding, causing flooding and the loss of power to the area.

– BBC.

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