Storm Lorenzo – Mayo County Council Update

Posted in Press Releases on October 2, 2019.

October 02nd 2019 3.30pm

Met Eireann has today issued a Status Orange wind warning for six counties, including Mayo, as Storm Lorenzo moves towards Ireland. This is valid from 6pm on Thursday, October 3 until 3am on Fcriday, October 4.

Storm Lorenzo is expected to approach our shores tomorrow, Thursday, October 3, bringing severe winds and stormy conditions. High wind speeds up to 80 km/h and gusts of up to 130km/h are expected, potentially causing structural damage and disruption, with dangerous marine conditions due to high seas and potential flooding.

A 24-hour Status Yellow rainfall warning has also been issued by Met Eireann from 9am on Thursday, October 3, until 9am on Friday, October 4.

Mayo County Council convened their Local Crisis Team earlier today and this team will remain in place until such time as the weather warnings have been stepped down.

While the yellow and orange warnings are in place for the entire County, Coastal areas are at highest risk from coastal flooding and storm damage.

Heavy rainfall is forecast over the 24-hour period and with elevated water levels and ground saturation following recent high rainfall, the risk of flooding is high

The local flood preparedness plans have been activated this afternoon and further details in relation to proposed road closures/diversions will be published shortly.

Mayo County Council crews will be deployed to areas where assistance is needed.  Contact numbers for emergency scenarios will be posted on the Local Authority website and social media channels and circulated to local Media.

During the duration of the storm conditions, We are urging the general public to be careful as they go about their daily routines. Should you need to travel, extreme care should be exercised mindful of the conditions.  Please be aware of the potential of fallen trees, branches, electricity wires, debris on the roads and walk-ways and flooding in certain areas.

In the event of Flash flooding and/or fallen trees, we will endeavour to address the matter as soon as is possible mindful of the safety of our Staff. A list of any roads/areas where fallen trees are reported will be published online and on social media channels.

Coastal areas pose a very high risk currently from wind and high seas.  Please exercise extreme caution in these areas.

We would like to assure the public that Mayo County Council will update you with further information as appropriate over next 48 hours and would request the co-operation of the Public until such time as the storm has passed.

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