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Storm Kathleen – Orange Wind warning issued for Waterford

Storm Kathleen - Orange Wind warning issued for Waterford

The public is advised that Storm Kathleen will bring gale force southerly winds, with some severe and damaging gusts.

Accordingly, Met Éireann has issued a Status Orange Wind warning for Waterford from 07:00 Saturday, April 5th to 14:00 Saturday, April 5th.

Waterford City and County Council’s severe weather management team attended a virtual Met Éireann Technical Briefing this morning and is advising the public that Storm Kathleen is expected to bring disruption throughout tomorrow that will may have an impact further into the weekend.

The public are advised to stay away from coastal areas during this period. The Irish Coast Guard are appealing to people to “Stay Back, Stay High, Stay Dry”.   Strong winds can make driving conditions hazardous, especially for the more vulnerable road users, e.g., cyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and high sided vehicles. Road users should pay particular attention to the risk posed by fallen trees and flying debris as trees are in full leaf.

There is a potential for tidal flooding in coastal areas, especially in Southern and Eastern counties. In addition to this, the storm may also bring localised heavy showers, which in turn may lead to surface flooding in urban locations.   People are advised to prepare for the arrival of the storm including ensuring their mobile phone is fully charged to enable communication.     Never drive through flooded roads, the depth of the water can be deceiving.

Monitor Met Éireann forecasts and/or visit for the most up to date information. Information is available across social media platforms and other news media sources.  ESB Networks is highlighting the dangers posed by fallen live wires and is advising the public and the emergency services to stay away from these fallen cables and to report such cases to it immediately. ESB Emergency Services can be contacted at 1850 372 999. The public can monitor, in regards to power restoration times.

Gabriel Hynes, Senior Engineer with Waterford City and County Council has urged the public to exercise caution.

“Met Éireann has advised that Storm Kathleen will bring severe and damaging gusts.  The strong winds will also lead to fallen trees and branches, and debris on the roads, making journeys hazardous. With coastal water levels high there may also be a risk of wave overtopping.”

Waterford City and County Council’s severe weather team will continue to monitor the situation.  Members of the public can contact Waterford City and County Council’s Customer Services Desks on 0818 10 20 20 during normal office hours after which calls will be transferred to the Council’s emergency services number.

Please note the following emergency contact numbers below:
Emergency 999/112
Uisce Éireann 1800 278 278
ESB Networks 1800 372 999
Gas Networks Ireland 1800 205 050


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