Storm Ellen will bring ‘severe and potentially damaging winds’

The National Directorate of Fire and Emergency Management (NDFEM) Crisis Management Team has met again this morning to assess the updated forecast from Met Éireann regarding Storm Ellen.

The storm, which will track over Ireland on Wednesday night and during Thursday, will bring a period of “severe and potentially damaging winds”.

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Local teams were advised yesterday to actively monitor Met Éireann and the Office of Public Works forecasts during this period of unsettled weather.

The NDFEM Crisis Management Team has followed up with calls today to coastal counties – advising of the potential for coastal flooding and “very high winds along exposed coasts”.

Meanwhile, local authorities are preparing for Storm Ellen by deploying temporary flood defences and putting response staff on standby. They will provide public safety advice based on local conditions.

The NDFEM Crisis Management Team has issued a number of key public safety messages:
  • This is an exceptional storm for August – people should take account of Met Éireann weather warnings affecting their locations;
  • Many people are on holidays at coastal locations. They should stay away from all coastal areas for the duration of Met Éireann warnings;
  • All road users should be aware of the hazardous travelling conditions. Motorists should slow down and be aware of dangers associated with fallen trees and debris. High-sided vehicles are particularly vulnerable;
  • As conditions will vary, people should take account of local conditions and advice from their local authorities;
  • It is critical that people never touch or approach fallen wires and that they stay clear of fallen or damaged electricity wires…and contact ESB Networks.

ESB Networks is reportedly preparing for significant power outages. Staff are apparently on standby to repair faults in all areas.