DUBLIN, Ireland - Eoghan Murphy, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government convened a meeting of the National Emergency Coordination Group at 10am on Friday, to review the damage inflicted by storm Callum overnight, and to coordinate any necessary response.
The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government’s National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management severe weather team worked overnight and this work continued into Friday morning with Met Éireann and OPW monitoring and tracking the evolving storm. TLocal Coordination Centres on Friday morning were providing assessments of the storm’s impact.
Storm Callum tracked as forecast by Met Éireann with the worst of the storm affecting the west coast however it did not hit in all areas as hard as it could have, resulting in minimal disruption.
Largely due to preparations by the agencies involved, coastal areas were protected from certain flooding. Galway in particular was protected by the aqua dam put in place. Assistance was also provided by the Defence forces and the Civil Defence through, amongst other things, filling of sandbags.
ESB Networks reported some disruption to electricity supply nationally, with approximately 60,000 households without power at one point. ESB Networks was actively working to restore power to those affected as well as evaluating all faults and responding to emerging power outages.
Some disruption was reported to transport infrastructure. Work is ongoing to resolve outstanding issues.
Met Éireann’s ORANGE weather warning remains in place in parts of the country, particularly along the west coast and people in these areas are advised to continue to take account of the key Public Safety & Information Messages:
- Be aware of local conditions in your area; weather conditions and their impacts can vary significantly from place to place.
- Even though the worst of the storm has passed, people should stay away from coastal areas for the duration of the ORANGE warning.
- If you need to drive, slow down and drive to anticipate strong cross winds and other hazards such as falling/fallen trees. Do not drive through flooded areas. High-sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds – slow down and give extra space to pedestrians and cyclists.
- Stay away from fallen electricity wires or fallen trees as they may be in contact with electricity wires. Always treat any fallen wires as live. ESB Networks Emergency Services can be contacted at 1850 372999.
While the NECG has been stood down following Friday morning’s meeting, the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management said it will continue to monitor the situation.
Met Eireann says the National Forecast is as follows:
Storm Callum will give further severe and locally damaging wind gusts to parts of the northwest today but winds will gradually moderate elsewhere. Outbreaks of locally heavy rain will affect many southern and eastern counties this afternoon, before clearing eastwards this evening. Mostly dry further north and west but there will be some showers, and there is the risk of some prolonged showers spreading in later. Maximum temperatures of 12 to 16 degrees in strong to gale force southerly winds.
Clear spells and scattered showers early tonight. Rain will move in across the south and east later in the night, extending to most of country by dawn on Saturday. The rain will turn heavy and persistent with some spot flooding possible. Winds mostly moderate southeasterly tonight but remain fresh to strong in some coastal areas. Minimum temperatures of 9 to 12 degrees.
Cloudy and wet across the bulk of the country on Saturday with outbreaks of rain. The rain may ease for a time in the east during the afternoon but remaining damp with patchy drizzle and mist. Further heavy bursts of rain will then extend from the west during the evening. Winds generally light to moderate northerly or variable in direction on Saturday but strong northwesterly winds will develop in the southwest during the afternoon, extending to all areas during the evening. A cool day with maximum temperatures of 10 to 13 degrees.