Storm Lorenzo Kerry County Council Update: Wednesday, 2 October at 11.30am

Kerry County Council’s Severe Weather Management Team met this morning to continue preparations for the impact of Storm Lorenzo on Thursday and Friday.

Met Éireann, this morning, issued the following weather warning for Kerry:

Weather Warning: Code Level Orange

Southwesterly winds veering westerly will reach mean speeds 65 to 80km/h with gusts generally of 100 to 130km/h, higher in coastal regions.

Storm surges will produce coastal flooding and damage.

Valid from 18:01 Thursday 3-October-2019 until 03:00 Friday 4-October-2019

The Severe Weather Management Team is asking members of the public to heed the advice and information provided by Met Éireann and the National Emergency Coordination Group as well as local agencies.

Kerry Weather Team Recommendations

The Kerry Severe Weather Management Team have asked members of the public to take necessary precautions for high winds including:

Secure Property

Securing items or property which are susceptible to high winds such as hoarding, signage, garden furniture, bins, trampolines and other items which are outdoors.

Extreme Road Care

For the duration of the severe weather event, motorists should take extreme care on all roads and be mindful of the strong likelihood of debris, fallen trees and branches, and fallen power lines, particularly during Thursday evening and early Friday morning.

Avoid Costal Areas

Members of the public should avoid coastal areas as there is a significant risk of flooding and damage in coastal areas because of a high sea swell. Met Éireann has advised that Storm Lorenzo will produce significant swell, high waves and sizeable storm surges. This will lead to wave overtopping, some coastal flooding and damage, especially along western and southern coasts.

Boat Precautions

Waterways Ireland has advised all owners of vessels berthed in public harbours, jetties and moorings to take precautions and this advice should be heeded

Kerry County Council will provide updates and further advisories through the local media and its social media channels as well as a dedicated weather alerts service on its website.

Multi-Agency Response

There is also a meeting underway this afternoon of the Kerry Local Co-ordination Group which includes representatives of senior management of Kerry County Council, An Garda Síochána, and the Health Service Executive to oversee a multi-agency response to the storm.

Kerry County Council’s website is at: www.kerrycoco.ie

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