Limerick City and County Council has convened its Severe Weather Assessment Team ahead of Storm Callum. A Status YELLOW Wind Warning from Met Éireann is in place for Limerick and is valid from midnight tonight (Thu/ Fri 11/12 October) until 9am tomorrow (Fri 12 Oct) morning.
Storm Callum is expected to bring south to southeast winds with gusts of between 90 and 110 km/h. A spell of heavy rain will accompany the winds.
Limerick City and County Council is monitoring the situation very closely and liaising with Met Éireann and the National Emergency Co-ordination Group.
As a precaution, flood defences are being installed at O’Callaghan and Clancy’s Strands, along all quays in the city.
Owners of properties which are vulnerable to high tides should ensure measures are taken.
In the county, areas that are prone to flooding such as Foynes and Askeaton are being protected.
We would appeal to members of the public to exercise extreme caution while out during the storm, and stay away from exposed coastal/river areas.
Spot flooding may occur due to intensive rain during the storm (particularly in coastal locations) combined with autumnal leaf fall, making driving particularly hazardous.
Limerick City and County Council has crews on standby to deal with any serious issues as a result of Storm Callum. There is no requirement for the wide scale deployment of sandbags at this stage.
General information in relation to preparing for adverse weather can be found at www.winterready.ie.
Limerick City and County Council has also been in contact with the HSE and Gardaí, as part of the #LKWorkingTogether group.