Storm Barra delivers strong winds, heavy rains and snow to NI

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Bantry, County Cork floodwaters were pumped away by firefighters

Storm Barra brought heavy snow, strong winds and rain to Northern Ireland. A yellow warning was in effect until Wednesday, 09:00 GMT.

According to NI Electricity more than 1,000 customers remain without power as a result of network damage.

Red alert is the highest level of alert in Ireland and it’s currently being used across the country.

In 12 counties, schools have been shut down and 59,000 houses and businesses without power.

In most parts of the UK, yellow warnings are in effect for snow and wind.

The storm could cause disruption in Scotland to those areas that are still recovering from Storm Arwen.

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Met Éireann reported that counties Cork, Kerry and Clare are expected to face gusts of more than 130 km/h (80mph), as well as a combination of coastal flooding, high tides and storm surges.

Irish national broadcaster RTÉ has reported that a gust of 113 km/h (70mph) was recorded at 06:00 on Sherkin Island, just off the coast of Cork and in Cork city, the River Lee has spilled over on the city’s quays.

Status orange will apply for a while in counties Limerick and Waterford.

Yellow alerts are issued in Northern Ireland to warn of the possibility of floodwaters causing death or fast-flowing flooding.

Some flights were cancelled due to this, and the Met Office warned that driving conditions may be challenging.

Service said that winds would be stronger along Antrim and Down coasts.

It is possible to see some sleet and snow in the West of Northern Ireland.

The Met Office stated that 20-30mm is possible “quite often”, and 50mm on higher ground. There are also gusts of 65-75mph at exposed coastline areas.

“Winds are picking-up” – Cecilia Daly BBC News Northern Ireland

It’s still a development situation.

It’s bitterly cold outside, it is wet. Snow and sleet are falling on higher ground north and west. The winds are getting stronger.

The peak winds will be between 09:00 GMT – 15:00 GMT.

The strongest winds gusts will be felt in coastal areas, especially Antrim and Down.

While it may become dryer in the afternoon, heavy showers are likely to make the day a little more humid.

The winds won’t start to decrease until the evening.

Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), has asked for volunteers to remain “Well back from water’s edge”Because of the high risk of big waves, call 999 immediately to notify the coastguard.

Storm Barra, the second storm named this season, is just 10 days following Storm Arwen, which struck 26 November. It caused disruptions and killed three people across the UK.

Cathy Halloran, a correspondent for RTÉ, reported “howling winds and heavy rain” in Tralee in County Kerry on Tuesday morning.

According to her, the South-West of Ireland is ready for a sustained weather attack until Wednesday according BBC News NI.

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Ronan Galvin, who owns a café on the promenade in Salthill, County Galway, said he had used sandbags to protect his business.

He said, “We have taken all the precautions necessary to protect ourselves from storms of such nature.”

Overlap from seawater is the biggest threat. This is our greatest risk.

Cancellations or closures

The Irish Department of Education advised schools to close in all counties that have received an orange-red warning.

According to the department, schools located in different areas need to be aware of any possible changes and keep them informed about weather alerts.

The Irish Farmers Association asked its members Tuesday to be extra vigilant to protect their livestock and themselves during the storm.

An Garda Síochána (Irish police) are advising people to avoid all unnecessary travel where red and orange warnings are in place.

Evelyn Cusack, Met Éireann’s Head of Forecasting, said she expected it to be “windy along eastern parts of Northern Ireland”, however, the region will not be the “worst affected”.

Instead, she said to BBC Radio Foyle that “the worst” will occur further south than much of Munster.

Ms Cusack said that the flood risk from Cork’s high tides has receded.

Traffic has been slow in County Donegal after snowfall, as Barnesmore Gap is closed.

Marie Casserly (independent Sligo councillor) posted a short video to social media that showed the wintry scenes.

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Aer Lingus flight operator has cancelled some flights on Tuesday. These included those connecting Cork with Amsterdam and London Heathrow.

It is advisable that customers contact their airline directly for more details.

According to the National Trust, Mount Stewart is located on the shores Strangford Lough. The office will close at 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday“To ensure safety for our visitors, staff, and volunteers.”

According to the Belfast City Council, Victoria Park in east Belfast would also close from Tuesday morning through Wednesday. This was because of the possibility of heavy rain that coincides with high tide predictions.



Source: BBC.com

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