STORM DEBI: Drom To Borrisoleigh Road Reopens After Removal Of Debris

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The National Emergency Coordination Group met again this morning in the wake of storm Debi which has now moved off into the Irish Sea. A Status Yellow rain and wind warning remains in effect for all of Ireland until 3pm.

Tipperary County Council crews have been dealing with incidents reported overnight including fallen trees – the road between Drom and Borrisoleigh is now reopened.

Road users are requested to be alert to surface water and debris on roads and to slow down and take care, and to be aware of any vulnerable road users, particularly pedestrians.

Local issues can be reported to the council’s Customer Service Desk by calling 0818 06 5000, or by email to [email protected]

Road Closure updates will be posted to the Council’s website and social media sites – Facebook/Twitter/MapAlerter.

There has been significant flooding in Galway city near Clarinbridge, Oranmore and Renyville quay. Department of Social Protection and Department of Enterprise supports are being made available for households and businesses directly impacted. 

80,000 customers remain without supply, down from 100,000 earlier and it is expected that power will be restored to most homes throughout the day.

A Finnair flight routing from Helsinki to Dublin diverted to Shannon this morning and landed safely at 9.40am as did an inbound New York landing safely at 10:11 am.

An Post adjusted their schedules to post safely around the country ahead of the storm.    Deliveries in some areas in the North, Midlands, South and East of the country will be delayed due to road conditions and power outages, all determined by local conditions.  A postwoman was taken to hospital after being hit by flying debris in County Limerick this morning it is understood that she was not seriously injured.

NEWS AS OF 6AM

Co. Tipperary is dealing with the elements of Storm Debi as it continues to move across the country.

The Premier County continues under a status orange wind warning until 10am this morning.

Met Eireann says gusts and winds of up to 130km per hour are expected throughout the early morning.

After 10am the warning will be downgraded to a Yellow Wind & Rain warning which is valid until 3pm today.

The weather conditions could lead to the following impacts:

  • – Damage to exposed and vulnerable structures
    – Dangerous travelling conditions
    – Disruption to services
    – Damage to power lines
    – Fallen trees/branches

Householders are urged to take precautions by securing all outdoor fixtures and leisure items such as trampolines and goal posts.

SCHOOLS

All schools and pre-schools in county will open at the later time 10am this morning. Although the Department is leaving it up to principals to decide if their schools will close for day.

Bus Éireann has advised that it will not be operating school transport this morning in the county.

A spokesperson says afternoon services are intended to operate as normal, subject to local road conditions being safe to travel. 

ROADS

Motorists are advised not to make any unnecessary journeys during the orange event and should exercise extreme caution because of the danger posed by localised flooding, difficult travelling conditions disruption, structural damage, falling trees and power outages.

Travelling conditions may be very difficult, particularly in the morning.

Motorists are asked to slow down and take care, be aware of any vulnerable road users, particularly pedestrians.

Tipperary town Garda do not have any reports of any road closures due to the storm.

Check out the video below on advice from the RSA when driving in windy conditions:

TRAVEL

TFI Local Link says the 828 Cashel-Portlaoise service will not commence until 10am & their 854 Roscrea-Nenagh service will not commence until 10.45am. As of now our other services will run as normal but this may change.

Irish Rail says speed restriction of 50mph/80kph in place across entire rail network this morning as a safety precaution due to weather alerts – delays to services on all routes are expected.

COUNCIL

The Council’s Severe Weather Assessment Team will continue to assess the situation and to ensure that all necessary arrangements are put in place to deal with any emergencies.

Road Closure updates will be posted to the Council’s website and social media sites and will be updated on the Tipp Mid West Radio website also.

Members of the public can contact the Council’s out of hours number 0818 06 5003. Please note the following emergency contact numbers below:

Emergency                                          999/112
Irish Water Emergency                       1800 278 278
ESB Networks                                    1800 372 999
Gas Networks Ireland                         1800 205 050

POWER OUTAGE:

No power outages are reported for county Tipperary.