Wicklow County Council’s Severe Weather Co-ordination Group met earlier earlier today (Thursday) in preparation for the arrival of Storm Lorenzo. The Group comprises representatives from the Garda Síochána, HSE, Fire Service, Civil Defence and senior Council staff. It is chaired by the Chief Executive, Mr Frank Curran.
A Status Orange wind warning has been issued by Met Éireann for six counties on the West Coast (Thursday 3rd October 18:00 to 3:00am on Friday 4th October 2019).
A Status Yellow wind warning remains in place for the rest of Ireland (Thursday 3rd October 9:00am to 18:00).
A status Yellow rainfall warning is in place for Connacht, Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal (Thursday 3rd October 2019 9:00am to 6:00am on Friday 4th October 2019).
Preparations for the arrival of this storm event have been put in place and the Council’s outdoor crews, Fire Service, Civil Defence and senior staff remain on standby if required.
Wicklow County Council is providing emergency accommodation on Thursday night (3rd October) in partnership with Dublin Simon Community in Bray. Referrals to the service will only be taken from Wicklow County Council, An Garda Síochána and the Five Loaves Homeless Services Bray.
Wicklow County Council urges the public to exercise extreme caution during and after the storm event.
Road users should pay particular attention to the risks posed by fallen trees or damaged power lines.
The public are advised to stay away from piers, harbours and coastal areas during this period.
The public are also reminded to monitor Met Éireann forecasts for their areas, to be aware of the weather conditions and to take heed to weather warnings.
The National Emergency Co-ordination Group is meeting on an on-going basis and will continue to communicate with Local Authorities in relation to this storm event.
Urgent calls can be directed to Wicklow County Council on 0404 20100 or after 5:00pm on 01 2916117.