Weather alert as Storm Rachel arrives in Limerick

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Motorists are being warned to be careful as a red weather warning remains in place
LIMERICK is on a state of alert as Storm Rachel continues to batter the Western part of the country.

LIMERICK is on a state of alert as Storm Rachel continues to batter the Western part of the country.

LIMERICK is on a state of alert as Storm Rachel continues to batter the Western part of the country.

With a red weather warning, in place, the vast majority of schools across Limerick have confirmed they will remain closed today.

While parents should contact their local school, the schools which have confirmed they will remain closed are: Ahane NS, An Mhodhscoil, Ardscoil Mhuire, Corbally; Ardpatrick NS, Ardscoil Rís, NCR; Banogue NS, Ballybrown NS; Caherline NS, Cappamore NS, Carnane NS, CBS Sexton Street (primary and secondary), Christ the King boys school, Caherdavin; Castletroy College, Catherine McCauley school, Colaiste Chiarain, Croom; Colaiste Ide agus Iosef, Abbeyfeale; Colaiste Iósaef, Kilmallock; Colaiste Mhuire, Askeaton; Colaiste na Trocaire, Rathkeale; Cratloe NS, Crecora NS, Crescent College Comprehensive, Croagh NS, Croom NS, Desmond College, NCW; Donoughmore NS, Foynes NS, Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, Gaelscoil Chaladh an Treoigh (Castletroy), Gaelscoil Sheoirse Clancy, Southill; Gaelscoil Raithin, Glenbrohane NS, Granagh NS, Hazlewood College, Dromcollogher; JFK, Ennis Road; Kilfinane NS, Killmallock NS, Knockainey NS, Knockea primary school, Laurel Hill Colaiste, SCR; Limerick School for the Deaf, Limerick Educate Together, Mungret; Manister NS, Milford NS, Monaleen NS, Mungret NS, Patrickswell NS, Presentation NS, Salesians Pallaskenry; Salesian primary, Fernbank; Scoil Carmel, Scoil Dean Cussen, Bruff; Scoil Ide, Corbally; Scoil Mhuire Banríon na hÉireann, Caherdavin; Scoil na Trionoide Naofa, Doon; Shauntrade NS, Adare; SMI secondary School, NCW; St Annes primary school, Rathkeale; St Brigids, Singland; St Mary’s NS, Bishop Street; St Munchin’s College, St Nessans Community College, Moylish; St Nessans, Mungret; St Patrick’s Boys NS, Dublin Road; St Patricks Girls NS, St Pauls, Dooradoyle, Parteen NS, Villiers school, NCR (day pupils only).

Meanwhile, Limerick Institute of Technology says it will open as normal while the Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS) at UL has confirmed it will be closed. Limerick Youth Service and Limerick College of Further Education will also remain closed.

The weather warning, which was issued by Met Eireann yesterday afternooon, will remain in place until 2pm, with southerly winds of average speeds in excess of 80km/h and gusts of 130 to 150km/h expected to develop, particularly in exposed coastal and mountain areas. The gusts are expected to be at their strongest later this morning.

Met Eireann has also issued a yellow alert warning of heavy rainfall between now and 6pm with up to 35mm expected in some places.

Limerick City and County Council says while there were no major incidents overnight, one man was hospitalised after a tree fell onto a jeep near Anglesborough at around 11 o’clock last night. Elsewhere, a large electronic PGS (parking guidance sign) was blown over at Lower Mallow Street in the city around the same time. Nobody was injured.

Meanwhile, Iarnroad Eireann says all services will operate with speed restrictions today resulting in delays.

ESB Networks says while thousands of customers have been left without power as a result of Storm Rachel, there are no reports of any major outages in Limerick so far.

AA Roadwatch is urging motorists to be careful while Shannon Airport says all flights are operating to schedule so far this morning.

Members of the public wishing to report storm damage of a life threatening nature are advised to ring the emergency services on 999.

Any updates on any weather related emergencies in Limerick can be found by visiting limerick.ie/council or via Twitter @LimerickCouncil.

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