Storm EUNICE – Latest Updates

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Weather advisories and updates/disruptions to services, roads, trees etc. will be posted here as we are made aware of them.  Please call 0818 10 20 20 or email contact@waterfordcouncil.ie to report damage/flooding/debris etc.

 

[ Friday February 18th, 2022]

4.45pm

L- 1041 KILBRIEN BRIDGE – Tree Cleared.

L- 1030 BALLINAMULT TO CAPPOQUIN ROAD Tree Removed.

 

4:15pm:

UPDATE: L-5069 KILCOONEY is re-opened.

UPDATE: L-7084-0 TICKINCOR Tree removed.

 

 

3:28pm:

UPDATE: Fallen tree on L-2024 Toor North before forest entrance removed. Road is now open to traffic.

 

3:10pm

UPDATE: Tree removed at Blacknock, Kilmeaden.

UPDATE: Fallen tree at Barr an Stuac, Old Parish removed. Road now reopened.

 

3:05pm

Tree removed along L3021 Briska, Mahon Bridge.

Loose trampoline on the road across from the GAA club in Stradbally, Co Waterford.

 

2:58pm:

UPDATE: Fallen tree along the Bog Road (L2020) heading towards West Waterford Golf Club now removed. Road open to traffic.

UPDATE: Fallen tree along L-3011 Ballinroad removed. Road open to traffic.

 

2:53pm:

UPDATE: Fallen Trees at Park Hotel, Dungarvan and Lisfennel Close, Dungarvan now removed and open to traffic

 

2:40pm:

UPDATE: Tree Cleared along the R676 Crehana near Carrick- on-suir.

 

2:20pm

UPDATE: Fallen tree now removed at Newtown Woods Rd L8089, Tramore.

UPDATE: Trees Removed from Climbing lane along the N25 near Kilmacthomas .

UPDATE: Tree Debris cleared along R675 from Seafield to Ballyvoile.

UPDATE: Tree Removed at Kilclooney, Touraneena.

UPDATE: Tree removed along the R671 Mountain Castle, Modeligo.

 

2:10pm

Roadway at Townspark Lismore reopened following damage to Eir pole.

 

2:08pm

Our libraries have reopened at
📍 Central Library
📍 Ardkeen Library
📍 Dungarvan Library
📍 Tramore Library
📍 Carrickphierish Library
📍 Browns Road Library
📍 Portlaw Library

Open until 5pm today.

 

2:00pm

With the country moving from Red weather warnings to Yellow, Waterford endured the worst of Storm Eunice over a brief 2-hour period. Waterford Council logged approximately 50 calls relating to fallen trees and overhanging branches & reported no significant coastal flooding.

1.55pm

UPDATE: Fallen tree Pebble Beach Tramore now removed

UPDATE: The Promenade; Tramore reopened (L4144) to vehicular traffic, .

1.03pm

UPDATE– Fallen tree on N25 at Kiely’s Cross has been removed.

 

12:58pm:

UPDATE: Fallen tree removed at Tourin Hall, Killahalla.

12:45pm:

UPDATE: Tree removed along the L4411 Mount Congreve, road passable.

 

 

As Storm Eunice clears eastwards away from Ireland this afternoon it’ll take the strongest and most damaging winds with it… But it’ll stay windy across Ireland this afternoon with blustery wintry showers. A YELLOW wind warning remains in place nationwide until 6:00pm. 

 

12:40pm:

Traffic disruption on the Quay in Waterford due to falling slates. Emergency services are at the scene. Please avoid the area.

Fallen tree along Wood Road R665 near Clonmel.

Fallen tree just outside Kill Village on Bunmahon Road – road is blocked.

 

12:16pm

Reports of fallen tree at Whitethorn Ave., Grantstown Village.

 

12:00pm:

Major tree collapse in the People’s Park. Public should avoid the park.

11.50am:

Fallen tree reported near Coolnacreena, Cappoquin. Fire services are at the scene.

N25 New Ross Bypass (incl. RFK Bridge) will reopen at 12pm.

 

11:40am:

Reports of tree down on the road in Renoir Close, Norwood, Waterford City.

 

11:35am:

UPDATE – NOW CLEARED. Fallen tree on L-2024 Toor North before forest entrance on left.

 

11:31am:

Waterford has now moved from a Status Red Wind warning to  Status YELLOW Wind Warning.

 

Waterford City and County Council crews will commence clean up and recovery operations.

 

Priority to be given to the National Network and Regional Roads initially, with preference to be given to opening blocked roads and pushing trees to the side where possible to allow traffic to pass.

 

11.30am:

UPDATE: Fallen tree on N25 near exit for Kilmacthomas – on inside lane if travelling Dungarvan-Waterford direction. NOW CLEARED.

 

11:10am

Tree branch overhanging road close to O Keeffes Cross at the Six Cross Roads. Not blocking road, but caution advised if approaching.

 

11:00am

UPDATE – NOW CLEARED. Reports of tree fallen down on the Old Kilmeaden road just past entrance to Mount Congreve. It is blocking the road.

UPDATE – NOW CLEARED. Tree has fallen outside 4, Lisfennell Close, Dungarvan obstructing traffic. 

 

10:55am:

UPDATE: Tipperary county council reporting fallen tree blocking the road on the bad hairpin turn coming from Carrick on Suir towards Crehana school. NOW CLEARED.

 

10:53am

IRISH WATER REPORTING a power outage may affect supply to Grange and surrounds until 6pm today.

 

10:45am:

UPDATE: NOW CLEAR: Fallen tree at entrance to Pebble Beach, Tramore.

Fallen tree on main road through Earls Court, Dunmore Road, near Brandon Way. Crews will attend once RED weather warning is lifted.

Fallen tree partially blocking the road at Viewmount Estate, Dunmore Road. Crews will attend once RED weather warning is lifted.

 

 

10:31am

UPDATE: Fallen tree at Newtown Woods Rd L8089, Tramore. NOW CLEARED.

Gust of 107km/h recorded at Waterford Airport at 10am.

 

10:19am:

UPDATE – NOW CLEARED. Fallen tree reported at Blacknock, Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford

UPDATE – NOW CLEARED. Fallen tree at Barr an Stuac, Old Parish.

 

10:10am:

Reports of slates blown from roof at offices on the Quay / Hanover Street.

 

10:02am:

UPDATE: Fallen tree blocking the road at Newtown Road, Tramore. NOW CLEARED.

 

10:00am:

UPDATE – NOW CLEARED. Fallen tree blocking the road at the Park Hotel, Dungarvan.

 

9:56am:

Tree down opposite the dog track in Kilcohan blocking the road.

UPDATE – ROAD HAS NOW BEEN CLEARED. Fallen tree at Tourin Hall, Killahalla. Road is impassable.

 

9:45am:

Tree down in Kilcullen, Passage East, on road halfway between Jack Meades and Faithlegg Hotel. One lane blocked.

Tree down in Kilmeaden to Kill Road [R681]. Road is completely blocked. On the kill side of Ballycraddock.

UPDATE – NOW CLEARED Fallen tree has been reported along the L-3011 Ballinroad.

 

 

9:43am:

Fallen trees on the Cheekpoint Road L-4082 near the School.

 

 

9:40am:

Fallen tree down in Leoville, Dunmore Road estate blocking road.

 

9:38am:

Fallen tree on the N25 just past the turn off for Ardmore and blocking the road.

 

9:33am:

Reports of over 200 customers without electricity in the Tramore / Fenor and Kilmacthomas areas, and a further 300+ in the Ballinamona area of West Waterford.

 

9:30am:

IRISH WATER reporting issues:

A power outage may cause supply disruptions to Kill, Ballylaneen and surrounds until 8pm today.

A power outage may cause supply disruptions to Kilrossanty, Lemybrien and surrounds until 9pm today.

A power outage may affect supply to Fews, Mahon Bridge and surrounds until 8pm today

 

 

9:20am:

UPDATE – NOW CLEARED Fallen tree has been reported along the Bog Road (L2020) heading towards West Waterford Golf Club. #RoadAlert

 

UPDATE – TREE HAS BEEN REMOVED. Tree Down at N25 at Kiely’s Cross.

 

9:18am:

Fallen tree between Kill and Kilmeaden, between the 2 Dunhill Crosses.. R681. road is not accessible,

 

9:15am:

Sleady, Ballinamult – Reports of  a large mature tree down across the road.

Do not approach as some wire entangled in tree.

 

9:12am

Fallen tree at Priory Lawn, Ballybeg walkway.

 

9:05am

Reports of a tree down in Ashley Court, Waterford City.

 

8:50am:

UPDATE: NOW CLEARED. Tree across the Carriglea Road heading for the West #Waterford Golf Club. 

 

8:00am

Waterford City and County Council’s Customer Service Unit is open today from 7 am to answer your calls at 0818 10 20 20.

 

In emergencies always call 112/999

 

⚠️Emergencies – 112/ 999

⚡️ESB – 1800 372 999

🚰Irish Water – 1800 278 278

⚪️Gas Networks Ireland – 1800 20 50 50

 

#StormEunice

 

 

[ Thursday February 17th, 5:00 pm ]

 

Met Éireann has upgraded the Weather Wind warning alert for Waterford to Status RED. The warning is valid from 7am until 11am (February 18th)

 

Storm Eunice will track quickly over Ireland tonight and Friday morning bringing severe and damaging winds.

 

Southwest winds veering northwest will reach mean speeds in excess of 80 km/h with gusts in excess of 130 km/h. Some coastal flooding, especially at high tide.

 

Members of the public can contact Waterford City and County Council’s Customer Services Desks on 0818 10 20 20 email contact@waterfordcouncil.ie

 

Please note the following emergency contact numbers below:
Emergency 999/112
Irish Water Emergency 1850 278 278
ESB Networks 1800 372 999
Gas Networks Ireland 1850 205 050

 

With severe winds predicted Waterford City and County Council advises the public to:

  • Stay away from all coastal areas for the duration of the Met Éireann warnings
  • All road users should be aware of the extremely dangerous and destructive travelling conditions, and are advised to stay indoors during those hours, when fallen trees, dangerous driving conditions and damaged power lines are expected.
  • As conditions will vary throughout the event, people need to take account of the local conditions and advice from their Local Authority.
  • The public are warned electricity wires are always live, never approach. If you see fallen or damaged wires, keep clear and phone ESB Networks immediately on 1800 372 999
  • Follow all public safety advice.

 

[ Thursday February 17th, 4:00 pm ]

A Status RED Extreme Weather Warning has been issued for Waterford

Storm Eunice will track quickly over Ireland tonight and Friday morning bringing severe and damaging winds. Southwest winds veering northwest will reach mean speeds in excess of 80 km/h with gusts in excess of 130 km/h. Some coastal flooding, especially at high tide.

  • Event: Wind
  • Severity: Red
  • Valid from: Fri. 18/02 @ 7AM
  • Valid to: Fri. 18/02 @ 11AM

[ Thursday February 17th, 01:50 pm ]

Following this afternoons meeting of the National Emergency Co-Ordination Group, the public is advised that Storm Eunice is a multi-hazard event that is likely to bring severe and potentially damaging winds gusting up to 130km/h and higher in exposed areas, may cause structural damage, localised flooding and coastal flooding.

A Status Orange Weather Warning has been issued for Waterford, with very heavy wind and rain on Friday morning.  The warning is valid from 3am until 11am (February 18th)

The OPW has advised that there will be a period of high astronomical Spring Tides approaching Highest Astronomical Tide (HAT) in all coastal areas, on Friday, February 18th (when combined with storm surge).

Storm surge levels associated with Storm Eunice are predicted to significantly increase from Friday morning.  Storm surge around Waterford Estuary is forecast to be significant and in the range of approximately 75cm and this will co-incide with astronomical spring tides close to Highest Astronomical Tide (HAT).  This will result in the HAT being exceeded in many coastal locations especially those associated with Orange and Red wind warnings and coastal areas should be avoided.

The Prom in Tramore will be closed from 5pm this evening until further notice.  Davitt’s Quay Car park, The Look Out and The Pond in Dungarvan will all be closed from 6pm this evening and Waterford City and County Council is advising the public to ensure no cars are left in these car parks overnight as they are at risk of coastal flooding.

Waterford City and County Council is in the process of erecting all appropriate flood defence barriers and the situation is being actively monitored.

Gabriel Hynes, Senior Engineer, Waterford City and County Council has urged the public to exercise caution.  “With the possibility of severe winds and localised and coastal flooding, along with debris on the road, driving conditions will be treacherous.  We would urge the public to heed all public safety advice and avoid unnecessary journeys until the storm has receded.”

The Road Safety Authority has advised that those in areas affected by Orange Weather Warning consider postponing their journey until Storm Eunice has passed.

Members of the public can continue to contact Waterford City and County Council’s Customer Services Desks on 0818 10 20 20 during normal office hours after which calls will be transferred to the Council’s emergency services number or email contact@waterfordcouncil.ie

Please note the following emergency contact numbers below:
Emergency 999/112
Irish Water Emergency 1850 278 278
ESB Networks 1800 372 999
Gas Networks Ireland 1850 205 050

With severe winds predicted Waterford City and County Council advises the public to:

  • Stay away from all coastal areas for the duration of the Met Éireann warnings
  • All road users should be aware of the hazardous travelling conditions, and only necessary journeys should be undertaken.
  • As conditions will vary throughout the event, people need to take account of the local conditions and advice from their Local Authority.
  • The public are warned electricity wires are always live, never approach. If you see fallen or damaged wires, keep clear and phone ESB Networks immediately on 1800 372 999
  • Should red level warnings be issued, the public are advised to shelter in place for the duration of the warning.

[ Thursday February 17th, 12:30 pm ]

Road Safety Alert – Red, Orange and Yellow Weather Warnings Issued for Storm Eunice

Thursday 17 February 2022. The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is asking road users to exercise caution while using the roads over the next few days as Met Eireann has issued Red, Orange and Yellow weather warnings for strong winds, heavy rain and snow.

Met Eireann has issued a status RED warning for Kerry and Cork for southwest winds veering northwest that will reach mean speeds in excess of 80 km/h with gusts in excess of 130 km/h. Some coastal flooding, especially at high tide and disruption to power and travel are likely. The RSA is advising road users in areas affected by the RED warning to avoid any travel during the storm window. The RED Warning is in place from 3am Friday 18 February until 8am Friday 18 February. High sided vehicles are particularly vulnerable to strong winds and should avoid travel during the storm window.

An Orange Storm Warning has been issued for Clare, Galway, Waterford, Wexford, Cork, Kerry, Waterford, Tipperary, Kilkenny, Carlow, Wicklow, Laois, Offaly and Dublin for Friday morning from 3am until 11am Friday. Storm Eunice will track quickly over Ireland tonight and Friday morning bringing severe and damaging winds for a time. Southwest or cyclonic winds becoming northwest will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80 km/h with gusts up to 130 km/h. Some coastal flooding, especially at high tide.

An Orange Snow Warning has been issued for Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo, Roscommon from 3am Friday to 3pm Friday. Storm Eunice will bring heavy sleet and snow leading to blizzard-like conditions in parts with treacherous driving conditions.

Those in areas affected by the ORANGE Weather Warnings are being asked to consider postponing their journey until the storm has passed.

A Yellow Warning is also in place for Ireland from 1am Friday to 3pm Friday afternoon as Storm Eunice will track over Ireland bringing very strong winds and falls of heavy rain, sleet and snow. Some disruption is likely along with a possibility of coastal and spot flooding.

 

Nationally, all road users are being advised to be aware of the dangers once the storm has passed. When the extreme weather passes road users will still have to contend with potentially hazardous road conditions such as flooded roads and downed pylons, lines, trees, branches, and other debris which could block roads. Obey any road closures or diversions put in place by Local Authorities and An Garda Síochána.

The following advice is being given to road users. Motorists;

 

  • Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds, especially on exposed routes such as dual carriageways and motorways. High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds.
  • Beware of objects being blown onto the road. Expect road conditions to change quickly in high winds so reduce your speed.
  • Watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road.
  • Drivers should allow extra space between themselves and vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and motorcyclists as they may be blown off course by strong winds.
  • Drivers need to slow down in wet weather conditions, to avoid the risk of aquaplaning. Drivers should also leave a bigger gap between themselves and the vehicle in front.
  • If the road ahead is flooded choose another route, do not attempt to drive through it. Flooded roads that appear shallow could be deeper than you think. They may also have trees or branches that have fallen that may not be visible.
  • Road users should always follow recommended routes and obey signs closing roads to traffic.
  • After going through water, drive slowly with your foot on the brake pedal for a short distance – this helps to dry the brakes.
  • Drive with dipped headlights at all times.

Advice to Pedestrians, Cyclists and motorcyclists;

 

  • In areas affected by Orange Weather Warnings you should consider postponing your journey until conditions improve.
  • Visibility and light is reduced in poor weather conditions. Keep safe by making sure you can be seen. Wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt.
  • Take extra care when crossing the road or cycling in extremely windy conditions as a sudden gust of wind could blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
  • Walk on a footpath, where possible and not in the street. If there is a footpath and it is safe to use, look out for falling debris from above, especially in urban areas.
  • Walk on the right-hand side of the road, facing traffic if there are no footpaths.
  • Cyclist should ensure that they and their bike are visible to other road users by investing in a good set of front and rear lights (white at the front, red at the back) and by wearing clothes that help you be seen on your bike such as bright and light reflective items.

The RSA has the following practical advice for road users to cope with snow conditions:

Drivers are advised to:

  • Remove all snow from your vehicle before commencing your journey. Snow left on the roof will become loose and can drop onto the windscreen during braking, thereby causing sudden and severe restriction to your vision. It can also fall off during your drive and cause injury to pedestrians or a reflex action by another driver.
  • Clear windows and mirrors before you set out, use a screen scraper and de-icer. Do not use hot water on the windscreen as it can crack the glass.
  • In snow and icy conditions slow down, use all controls delicately and leave extra distance between you and the vehicle in front. Avoid over steering and harsh braking and harsh acceleration. Use the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin. Select a low gear when travelling downhill especially if through bends.
  • In blizzard conditions, visibility will be reduced greatly. Do not drive on the tail-lights of the vehicle in front (Target Fixing). This can give a false sense of security and you will be too close to be able to brake safely. In heavy snow, use your fog lights, turn off your radio and open your window a fraction, so you can hear other traffic, especially at junctions.
  • Use dipped headlights at all times, and fog lights in heavy snow to ensure you are seen by other motorists (but don’t forget to turn them off afterwards).
  • Watch out for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists and allow extra space.
  • Drivers of high sided vehicles like trucks and buses are particularly at risk from both the dangers posed by snow but also from the high winds associated with blizzard conditions.

 

For a copy of the RSA’s ‘Top 10 tips for driving in snow or icy conditions’ click here.

Pedestrians are advised in snow and Icy conditions to:

  • Wear high visibility clothing or carry a torch as visibility is reduced in snowy conditions. Wear clothing that does not restrict your vision.
  • Wear appropriate footwear. Walk on the footpath, not in the street. Walk on the right hand side of the road, facing traffic if there are no footpaths.
  • DO NOT underestimate the danger of ice. Many slips and falls happen in places people regard as safe and secure, typically outside their front door, on the door step, on the path or while getting out of the car. When you approach a footpath or roadway that appears to be covered with snow or ice, always use extreme caution.

For a copy of the RSA’s ‘Top 10 tips to avoid a fall or slip in snow or icy conditions click here.

 

Cyclists and Motorcyclists are advised:

  • Motorcyclists / Cyclists should not compromise their safety by their ‘need’ to travel in icy/snow conditions.
  • Visibility is reduced in snowy conditions so cyclists should wear a Sam Browne Bandoleer belt or high visibility vest and ensure the lights on your bike are working correctly.
  • Motorcyclists should avoid wearing a dark visor in any bad light conditions.
  • Remember other road users may not ‘expect’ you and could therefore comprise your safety

 

More safety tips for Pedestrians, Cyclists and Motorcyclists using the roads in snow and icy conditions can be found here.

For advice on severe weather driving tips, please see severe weather advice on the RSA website or check out the RSA Facebook and Twitter pages

 

Please also see our severe weather warning videos created in collaboration with Teresa Mannion here. See advice with advice for driving in strong winds here.

 

See advice on driving in ice or snow in our series of severe weather warning videos created in collaboration with Teresa Mannion.

 

For more weather updates, visit Met Eireann’s website: www.met.ie

 

[ Thursday February 17th, 09:15 am ]

A Status Orange Weather Warning has been issued for Waterford, with very heavy wind and rain on Friday 18th morning.  The warning is valid from 5am to 11am (February 18th).

This event will likely bring severe and potentially damaging winds gusting up to 130km/h amand higher in exposed areas, may cause structural damage and surface water flooding throughout the county and, in such an instance, people are advised to undertake essential travel journeys only.

Waterford City and County Council’s Crisis Management Team will meet again with the National Co-Ordination Group this afternoon to assess the situation and to ensure that all necessary arrangements are put in place in advance of this severe weather event and issue further weather advisory following this meeting.

Members of the public can contact Waterford City and County Council’s Customer Services Desks on 0818 10 20 20 during normal office hours after which calls will be transferred to the Council’s emergency services number or email contact@waterfordcouncil.ie

With severe winds predicted Waterford City and County Council advises the public to: Stay away from all coastal areas for the duration of the Met Éireann warnings

  • All road users should be aware of the hazardous travelling conditions, and only necessary journeys should be undertaken. Motorists should slow down and be aware of the dangers of fallen trees and debris. High sided vehicles are particularly vulnerable during this time.
  • As conditions will vary throughout the event, people need to take account of the local conditions and advice from their Local Authority.
  • The public are warned electricity wires are always live, never approach. If you see fallen or damaged wires, keep clear and phone ESB Networks immediately on 1800 372 999/021 238 2410
  • Should red level warnings be issued, the public are advised to shelter in place for the duration of the warning.

Waterford City and County Council will continue to review the situation and post updates here throughout the duration of #StormEunice


 

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