A Met Éireann Status Orange Rain warning for Cork comes into effect tomorrow morning (Wednesday) from 9.00am until 3.00pm with spells of heavy and occasionally intense rain, combined with very strong and gusty winds forecasted. Two Met Éireann Status Yellow Weather Warnings for Wind and Rain will also be in effect from 7am until midnight.
As Storm Agnes hits, it will become very windy on Wednesday with very strong and gusty southerly winds, veering westerly later on. Potential impacts will include coastal flooding, localised flooding, power outages, difficult and hazardous travel conditions, fallen trees and poor visibility.
Cork County Council’s Severe Weather Assessment Team convened this afternoon and has crews on standby in several known risk locations across the county. Crews are currently clearing inlets and gullies. Sandbags and pumping arrangements will be in place in known problem locations.
Members of the public are advised to stay high, stay dry and stay away from the coast, rivers and lakes. With strong gusts and high waves predicted, people are urged to refrain from visiting coastal areas.
The Council is asking members of the public to exercise extreme caution as driving conditions may be hazardous, with surface and flash flooding possible. Motorists are advised to avoid driving through flowing or standing water and to exercise caution during heavy rain. Motorists are also asked to be conscious of vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians.
Mallow Castle and playground will be closed tomorrow (Wednesday).
Forecasted conditions may give rise to localised power outages. In the event of a disruption to the power supply, please contact ESB Networks at 1800 372 999.
In the event of disruption to water supply, please contact Uisce Éireann at 1800 278 278.
Issues such as flooding and road damage should be reported to your local Council Office during working hours (9am to 5pm), details of which can be found by visiting www.corkcoco.ie. Outside working hours, the Council can be contacted via its 'Emergency Out of Hours' number (021) 4800048.
Call 999 or 112 and request the Fire Service, Ambulance Service, Gardaí or Irish Coastguard as appropriate.
Weather updates are available by visiting www.met.ie
Cork County Council will continue to provide updates on www.corkcoco.ie and across the Council’s social media channels (@Corkcoco).