By Dan Walsh
The Orange Warning for the east coast expired at 1pm and while there are still high winds and tidal surges it appears that the worst of Storm Barra has passed, although damaging gusts of wind can occur this afternoon. There are no major incidents to report.
There are power outages in Wexford town and the Enniscorthy district. Falling trees are reported across the county and the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge over the River Barrow is being monitored and users should check before using the route. At present, the bridge is open to traffic.
Wexford County Council’s Emergency Management Team met this morning as the Council reviewed the early impacts of Storm Barra across the county and said there are no major incidents to report.
While tides are high along the coast, flood defences in New Ross, Ballyhack and Arthurstown have performed extremely well, with no flooding to report in these areas.
In many places trampolines, wheely bins and garden furniture has been seen flying through the air.
It has been announced in the last hour that Enniscorthy Water Supply will be off from 11pm tonight until 6am in all areas.
Strong winds is expected to continue for some time with the possibility of damaging gusts in mid-afternoon, with a strong likelihood of fallen trees in many areas and possible ESB outages also. The Council’s emergency response crews, including roads staff, fire services crews etc are all on standby and ready to deal with any emerging issues as the storm intensifies.
Wexford County Council’s public safety messages remain the same:
Shelter in place during the storm, avoid travel during the storm unless absolutely necessary.
Stay away from coastal areas
If you encounter any fallen wires do not touch them – call ESB emergency number 1800 372 999
Fallen trees on roads, localised flooding and other storm issues can be reported to Wexford County Council during office hours on 053 9196000 or outside office hours on 1890 666 777.
In the event of a significant emergency or threat to safety, phone 999.