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19:00 10/10/2018 – Met Éireann have updated the status orange weather warning:

Storm Callum: Southeast winds veering southwest will gust generally between 100 and 130km/h, higher in some coastal areas and on high ground. Along with a spell of heavy rain and high tides there is a risk of coastal flooding and damage.

Issued/Updated: Wednesday 10 October 2018 17:00
Valid: Thursday 11 October 2018 22:00 to Friday 12 October 2018 09:00

21:30 11/10/2018 – Latest update from Met Éireann on #StormCallum:

Live Updates on #StormCallum

17:10 11/10/2018 – A Statement from the Department of Education and Skills regarding #StormCallum:

Following on from today’s meeting of the National Emergency Coordination Group, the Department is advising schools and parents as follows;

Schools and all education centres (universities, IoTs and further education centres) in areas affected by a status orange alert should remain vigilant, and keep themselves appraised of any hourly and other updates from Met Éireann, and from their local authorities, local radio, and an Garda Síochána.

In all events, and if in any doubt, schools should err on the side of caution. Schools are empowered to make closure decisions if, in their judgment in the interests of child safety, it is prudent to do so. Any and all decisions about school closures will be informed by, as well as prevailing and predicted conditions, any damage that might have been caused to school buildings overnight or at any time during the storm, and whether such damage, – where it exists, – might present a risk to child safety.

We will continue to monitor the situation as it progresses and will follow any advice from the National Emergency Coordination Group.

15:45 11/10/2018 – Cork City Council have issued a statement informing that traffic restrictions will be in place in Cork City from tonight:

  • Traffic restrictions will be in place from approx. 17:00 today (Thursday), until 10:00 on Friday, 12th October.
  • Restrictions will apply to Morrison’s Island, Union Quay, Wandesford Quay, Frenches Quay and Crosses Green.
  • Cork City Council are also reporting that a tidal surge is predicted across both today, and tomorrow.


13:20 11/10/2018 – The latest update from Carlow Weather:

10:00 11/10/2018 – Update from Cork – All Things Weather

08:30 11/10/18 – We’ve got a list of important / emergency phone numbers which may be required during #StormCallum. You can view the list here:

10/10/18 16:30: The RSA have issued a press release ahead of #StormCallum:

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is asking road users to exercise caution while using the roads on Thursday night and Friday morning as Met Éireann has issued an orange weather warning for strong winds for Ireland as Storm Callum approaches.

Strong winds associated with Storm Callum, coinciding with high spring tides will affect Ireland. The counties that will be most affected are Dublin, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath, Cork, Waterford, Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Clare and Kerry.

Winds will be strongest overnight and early on Friday and could reach speeds of between 110 and 130km/h at coasts. A Status Yellow warning has also been issued for the rest of the country.

There is also a risk of coastal flooding in affected counties. Drivers are advised to never attempt to drive through flooded roads and to heed any warnings or detours the Local Authority or Gardai may have in place.

The RSA is asking road users to check local weather and traffic conditions and be aware of the conditions before setting out on a trip.

The RSA has the following advice for road users:

  • Beware of objects being blown out onto the road. Expect the unexpected.
  • Watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road
  • Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds. High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds
  • Allow extra space between you and vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists
  • Drive with dipped headlights at all times

Advice to Pedestrians, Cyclists and motorcyclists;

  • Be seen. Wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt.
  • Take extra care when crossing the road or cycling in extremely windy conditions as a sudden gust of wind could blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

For advice on using the road in severe weather, please see severe weather advice on the RSA website or check out the RSA Facebook andTwitter pages.

See video created in collaboration with Teresa Mannion with advice for driving in strong winds here.

Please also see suite of videos focusing on driving in severe weather here.



By Cork Safety Alerts

Administrator of Cork Safety Alerts.