Events cancelled, warnings in place for Limerick as Storm Atiyah approaches

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Events cancelled, warnings in place for Limerick as Storm Atiyah approaches

A status orange wind warning takes effect from 1pm

A NUMBER of public events planned for this Sunday have been cancelled or postponed ahead of the arrival of Storm Atiyah.

Some local sporting fixtures across the city and county have been called off as has the switching on of the Remembrance Tree at Milford Care Centre in Castletroy.

“In the interest and safety of our visitors to this event, we have made the decision to postpone our Light up a Memory ceremony this evening. We will reschedule,” said a spokesperson for the organisers of the event which was due to take place at 6pm.

The Toots the Train attraction in the city centre will also not be running this Sunday given the orange weather warning.

A number of national parks around the country will remain closed this Sunday while the Wild Lights ceremony at Dublin Zoo has also been cancelled.

A national status yellow wind warning remains in place until 1pm when a status orange warning takes effect for Limerick and eight other counties along the West Coast.

While there have been no major incidents so far, gardai say a tree which fell on the main N69 between Foynes and Tarbert overnight has been cleared and that the road has fully reopened.

Limerick Fire and Rescue is appealing to homeowners to be prepared ahead of the arrival Storm Atiyah.

“Ensure outdoor objects which could be blown away are secured and remove any moss or leaves from drains. Have torches ready and phones charged in case of power cuts,” said a spokesperson.

Met Éireann is warning that Storm Atiyah will track between Iceland and Ireland this Sunday, generating very strong winds across the country.

“Southwesterly winds, later veering northwesterly, will reach mean speeds between 65km/h and 80km/h with gusts between 110km/h and 130km/h,” states the orange warning.

“Due to a combination of high seas and storm surge there is a possibility of coastal flooding,” it adds.

ESB Networks says power outages are expected and that its crews are on standby to respond when safe to do so.

Limerick City and County Council is reminding members of the public its emergency out-of-hours number is (061) 417833.

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