Wicklow County Council’s Severe Weather Co-ordination Group convened this morning (Thursday) in preparation for “Storm Callum” predicted to arrive later tonight. The group comprises representatives from An Garda Siochána, HSE, Fire Service, Civil Defence and Council Staff and is chaired by the Chief Executive, Mr. Frank Curran.
Met Éireann has issued a “Status Orange” weather warning:
Storm Callum: South to Southeast winds will gust to between 100 & 130 km per hour strongest at the coast. Along with a spell of heavy rain and high tides, there is a risk of some coastal flooding.
Wicklow County Council wishes to advise the public to take the following precautions tonight and into tomorrow morning:
- All unnecessary travel should be avoided during the storm.
- Very strong winds are predicted, making driving conditions hazardous, especially for the more vulnerable road users, e.g. cyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and high sided vehicles. Road users should pay particular attention to the risk posed by fallen trees and flying debris.
- As high seas are predicted, the public are advised to stay away from coastal areas during this period.
- The ESB is advising the public to stay away from fallen cables.
The following Council services remain on standby:
- Outdoor crews
- Fire Services
- Civil Defence
The Council’s Severe Weather Co-Ordination Group will continue to meet in order to assess the impact of the storm. Further communications will issue using the Council’s various communication platforms, including website, social media etc.
Urgent calls can be directed to Wicklow County Council on 0404 20100 or after 5pm on 01 2916117.
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