Limerick City and County Council has convened its Severe Weather Assessment team following Met Éireann’s status orange wind warning as Storm Eleanor tracks eastwards from the Atlantic Ocean.
The advisory states: “Storm Eleanor will move in off the Atlantic later this afternoon and will move very quickly across the country this evening. Southwest to west winds of mean speeds 65 to 80 km/h, gusting to 110 to 130 km/h, are expected.”
The warning is valid from 4pm until 9pm tonight.
Meanwhile a yellow wind warning is in effect until 9pm tomorrow as south west to west winds of 55 to 65 km/h, gusting 90 to 110 km/h., will continue overnight.
High tide is expected at 6.37pm this evening with a further high tide scheduled for 6.57am tomorrow. It is anticipated that there may be localised flooding resulting from the windy conditions combined with high tide.
The Council has continued to maintain its demountable flood defence barriers along the city quays and boardwalks which have been in place since the New Year’s Eve.
Sandbags have been placed in vulnerable areas near Sarsfield House and Merchant’s Quay, along with defences in Foynes and Askeaton.
Duty engineers will continue to monitor the situation and the council is urging people to be careful close to open water and be mindful of strong winds.
More information about being prepared for adverse weather conditions here
Limerick City and County Council has also been in contact with the HSE and Gardaí, as part of the #LKWorkingTogether initiative.
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