Met Eireann has issued a Status Red warning for all of Ireland ahead of Hurricane Ophelia’s arrival tomorrow.
All schools and colleges are to remain shut tomorrow.
All hospitals have cancelled outpatient appointments, but the Emergency Departments will remain open. This includes Letterkenny University Hospital and Sligo University Hospital.
ESB are providing live updates on power outages here.
All flights leaving Donegal Airport are cancelled, except for the 7:55am flight to Dublin.
The Red Alert comes into affect at 9am tomorrow.
Met Eireann says: “Ex-Hurricane Ophelia is forecast to track directly over Ireland during daytime Monday. Violent and destructive gusts are forecast with all areas at risk and in particular the southwest and south in the morning, and eastern counties in the afternoon.
“Also heavy rain and storm surges along some coasts will result in flooding. There is potential risk to lives.”
Here are a few ways you can prepare for Hurricane Ophelia’s arrival:
Secure your property. Tie down anything that could possibly be lifted by the wind or take them inside. Examples include bins, children’s toys, patio furniture etc. Check your roof for loose tiles, and keep the windows closed. Ensure that the drains surrounding your house are clear of any debris such as leaves to avoid flooding.
Have supplies at hand. Have candles, torches, batteries, and matches at hand in case of a power outage. A first aid box, medications, and a camera to photograph any damage.
Avoid travel. Motorists are being advised to not make any unnecessary journeys tomorrow. Flying debris and fallen trees are expected across the country.
Bring pets inside. Animals in Need Donegal today issued a statement with the message: “Keep them in. Keep them safe.”
Avoid the sea. The Irish Coast Guard are advising people to stay away from exposed beaches, cliffs and piers, harbour walls and promenades along the coast tomorrow. Do not approach the coast to see the spectacle. Their advice is “stay back, stay high, and stay dry. If you see someone in difficulty in the sea dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.
Charge your phone. Write down useful numbers such as ESB’s 24/7 helpline (1850 372 999). A list of Donegal County Councillor’s numbers can be found by visiting www.donegalcoco.ie/yourcouncil/yourcouncillors/.
Check on older members of the community. Age Action are encouraging everyone to look out for the older people in their communities. They are asking older people to consider staying with a relative for a few days, and ensure they have enough food and fuel in case the roads become too precarious to travel on. Even if they are alright for everything, it will give older people comfort to know someone is watching out for them, a spokesperson said.
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