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Leitrim gets ready for orange alert as Storm Barra closes in

Dec 7, 2021 13:12 By Shannonside News
Leitrim gets ready for orange alert as Storm Barra closes in Leitrim gets ready for orange alert as Storm Barra closes in
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The Status Orange alert for Leitrim will be valid until 8am tomorrow morning.

49 thousand homes and business are without power this lunchtime as Storm Barra crosses the country.

Tidal flooding was experienced in parts of Cork and Kerry this morning.

County Leitrim is preparing for Storm Barra this evening after its Met Eireann issued a Status Orange High Winds alert for the county from 8pm.

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A meeting of The Local Authority's crisis management team took place earlier today.

Director of Services with responsibility for Emergency Services Vincent Dwyer says the advice for later is to stay safe and stay at home.

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A status red wind warning for Cork and Kerry is in place until 9pm, while Clare will be under a red warning from 4pm.

The worst of Storm Barra isn't over for parts of the country, according to Met Eireann.

Locally, 500 homes and businesses are still without power following outages this morning.

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The Northern Sound region is the most affected with 469 customers in Kingscourt and 81 customers in Telaydon still without power.

A further 25 customers are without power in the Boyle area of Roscommon.

Electricity has been restored in areas of Roscommon and Ballybay.

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Coral Leisure Monaghan and Cavan Post Office are among some of the businesses that have temporarily closed due to the storm.

People across the region are being warned to not become complacent as the weather settles.

Chief Fire Officer with Cavan Fire Service Noel O'Reilly says they're preparing for stronger wind as the day progresses.

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Meanwhile a decision on whether or not schools and colleges that were closed today will open tomorrow will be made by around 6pm.

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