The local authority in the Shannonside region have issued emergency statements in the last half hour as the region gets ready for Strom Ophelia.
As a result of the Status Red Wind warning for Ireland issued by Met Eireann in relation to Ex Hurricane Ophelia, Longford County Council is closing its offices, today Monday, 16th October at 11.00 a.m.
Longford County Council Emergency Weather Response Team met earlier this morning and is putting in place the necessary arrangements to deal with incidences that might arise as a result of the Storm and the Response Team will also liaise with the relevant authorities and agencies in response to any disruption caused by the Storm.
Updates will be available on Twitter @longfordcoco and on the Council’s Website www.longfordcoco.ie
Longford County Council advises the following Key Public Safety Information.
- All unnecessary travel should be avoided today, Monday 16th October, while the storm is passing.
- Don’t travel during the height of the storm and listen to local radio and national media broadcasts regarding the current weather situation.
- Very strong winds are predicted making driving conditions hazardous, especially for the more vulnerable road users, e.g., cyclists, pedestrian’s, motorcyclist and high sided vehicles. Road users should pay particular attention to the risk posed by fallen trees and flying debris.
- Power outages are likely to occur in certain parts of the country, with contingency planning activated by the ESB. The ESB is advising the public to stay away from fallen cables that may have broken due to the high winds. ESB Emergency Services can be contacted at 1850 372 999.
- All schools in County Longford have been instructed to close.
- People are asked to check in on isolated and vulnerable neighbours in advance of the oncoming severe weather conditions and again after the worst of the event has passed.
- People are advised to remove patio furniture, rubbish bins and any loose items from around buildings, which can be turned into missiles by the wind.The public are again reminded to monitor Met Éireann forecasts for their area and to be aware of the weather conditions and to heed safety warnings.
Longford County Council Major Emergency Response No. 1850 211525.
Leitrim County Council has also alerted the public ahead of the arrival of the history-making storm:
Due to the Red Weather Alert arising from Hurricane Ophelia and in the interests of public and staff safety, all offices and libraries of Leitrim County Council are closed from 12.30p.m on Monday 16th October 2017. It is expected that normal services will resume at start of business on Tuesday 17th October.
In the event of an emergency the public is advised to dial 999 or 112. In regard to general services of Leitrim County Council the public are advised to call 071 9620005 and follow the instructions.
Details also available on the Council’s Website www.leitrimcoco.ie and facebook page.
All non essential Council services are closed until tomorrow morning and the public are advised to stay indoors and avoid all unnecessary travel.
Roscommon County Council has also issued a statement to advise the public of what to do in the coming hours as the region gets ready for gale force winds and heavy rainfall:
Warning Release: Status Red Weather Warning for Roscommon – Storm Ophelia
Public Safety Alert At 10.30 Hrs on Monday 16th October 2017
Statement from Roscommon County Council:-
Roscommon County Council Crisis Management Team met this morning in relation to the status RED weather warning in place due to storm Ophelia.
RCC will be closing its offices to the members of the public from 11 a.m. today and will reopen tomorrow at 9.30 a.m.
RCC is concerned for the safety of the public and its staff during this storm, and our staff have been advised to be at home by 11.30am.
In keeping with national advice, motorists are advised not to make non essential journeys during the storm and we are advising people to stay at home with their families and monitor national and local media in relation to the storm.
The Crisis Management Team will continue to monitor the situation. It is probable that this storm will cause significant damage and we are expecting an unprecedented demand for our Services over the coming days. Our outdoor staff and Emergency Services staff are on standby. Roscommon County Council out of hours contact numbers for each Municipal District continue to be in place through the 0906637100 number. All Emergency calls for life threatening incidents should be made using the 112 or 999 numbers.