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Cork County Council’s preparations in advance of Storm Hannah

Met Eireann has issued a Level Orange weather warning (Storm Hannah – Wind Warning) for County Cork from 3.00pm on Friday 26th April 2019 to 12.00am(midnight) on Saturday 27th April 2019.

Northwesterly winds, associated with Storm Hannah, will reach mean speeds of 65-80 km/h with gusts of 110 to 130 km/h this evening/early tonight.

The entire Cork County area is subject to this Level Orange wind warning.

Cork County Council’s Severe Weather Assessment Team has convened in response to this weather warning and has assessed the information. Response crews have been put on notice and are on standby.

Cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians should be aware of the danger posed by high winds as well as drivers of high sided vehicles.

People living near coastal, cliff and waterway areas are also asked to be extra cautious considering the forecasted winds which can lead to wave surges.

Cork County Council is contactable at the following numbers;

  • Outside of normal business hours (“out of hours”): emergency issues should be reported to 021 4800048.  Monday to Friday 9am-5pm: please contact your local Council office, or alternatively contact the “out of hours” number above (for emergency issues)

The strong winds may give rise to localised power outages. In the event of disruption to power supply, please contact ESB Networks at 1850372999.

In the event of disruption to water supply, please contact Irish Water at 1850 278 278.

Cork County Council will continue to monitor this situation.

The Council is urging people to pay particular attention to the following:

At Home – Before the Storm

  • Tie down loose items outside that cannot be brought in.
  • Have a torch, spare batteries and a battery radio ready
  • Stay indoors –and keep pets in.
  • Clear windowsills and close curtains to protect against flying glass.
  • If gas, electricity or water supplies are cut off, contact if possible the relevant services.
  • Keep in contact with family and neighbours especially people living alone.

At Home – After the Storm

  • As soon as it is safe, rope off or protect damaged areas to prevent injury from falling masonry, roof tiles or broken glass

In the event of an emergency:

  • Call 999 or 112 and request the Fire Service, Ambulance Service, Gardaí or Irish Coastguard as appropriate.

DO NOT assume others will do this.