Dublin: Man tries to wash path during Storm Barra
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Winds of more than 130km per hour have been battering the island through Tuesday as Storm Barra unleashed its fury on Ireland. Gardai urged against all unnecessary travel in the areas set to be worst affected by Storm Barra. Reacting to the man cleaning as the storm raged on, social media user Ray O’Brien commented: “Only in Ireland”. While Glenn McCormack noted: “It works better in the rain as all moss and other dirt gets softer and easier to wash off.”
Met Eireann has also warned that disruption to travel and the power supply are likely, along with coastal flooding.
Cork, Kerry and Clare have been given a red warning, while an orange-level warning is in place for much of the east and west coast.
Any school covered by a red alert or orange warning will remain closed on Tuesday following advice from the Department of Education, with the same advice issued to creches and childcare facilities.
All universities, colleges and third-level institutions in areas covered by a red or orange warning have also been advised to close on Tuesday.
Gardai warned on Monday that strong winds will make driving particularly hazardous.
People have been urged to pay attention to the risk posed by fallen trees, flying debris, and flooded roads.
Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien, whose Department is leading the national coordination effort ahead of the arrival of the storm, tweeted that his officials have “been in contact with local authorities to ensure every support is available to rough sleepers and those experiencing homelessness”.
“Extreme weather response is in place & there is plenty of bed capacity, no person should be sleeping rough at this time,” he said.
Defence Force troops are on standby ahead of the arrival of the storm, alongside members of Civil Defence.
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Taoiseach Micheal Martin said the storm would be “very, very serious” and urged people to avoid the coast “at all costs”.
He said: “Tomorrow will be a very, very difficult day from a storm perspective.
“It’s very, very serious and we would urge people to stay at home unless necessary in terms of travel, particularly in the counties concerned.
“Watch out for the weather alerts. I think it’s very important that we get the message out there to the public at large, that we are dealing with a very, very serious storm in Storm Barra, tomorrow and right through to Wednesday.
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“We have been issuing, in the last 24 hours, warnings to people, particularly near coastlines. People must avoid the coast at all costs.
“Particularly in those counties where we have a strong orange alert or red alerts, travel should be kept to a minimum.
“The usual precautions in terms of falling trees should be adhered to. This is a very, very severe storm.”
The Health Service Executive (HSE) has already confirmed that some COVID-19 test centres and vaccination centres would remain closed on Tuesday.
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