National Emergency Coordination Group Prepares For Storm Callum

Elaine Stenson
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The National Emergency Coordination Group is meeting later this afternoon to prepare for the arrival of Storm Callum.

Met Éireann has issued a status Orange warning for 13 counties with gusts of up to 130 km an hour expected.

Emergency teams across the country are meeting today to plan for high winds and heavy rain as Storm Callum is expected to hit our shores later tonight.

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The Storm is expected to make landfall in Cork and Kerry at around 10pm.

Western counties Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Clare and eatern counties Dublin, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath and Waterford will be affected from midnight.

Kerry County Council’s Severe Weather Assessment Team is advising people to take extreme care overnight and during the morning work and school commute with a risk of fallen trees and branches on roads, and to tie down any loose items like trampolines and bins.

In Galway the council is taking preventative measures – they’re installing an aquadam – a large water filled barrier- between the Spanish Arch and Wolfetone Bridge along the quay wall and closing car parks at risk of flooding in Salthill.

High tides of 5.2 metres are expected and the OPW is predicting a surge of point 8 metres which would bring the total rise to 6 metres lapping Galway harbour which in the worst case scenario could flood the city centre and salthill.

Cork County council is also working on preventative measures and Donegal County Council’s Crisis Management Team is working to finalise necessary arrangements.