#Ophelia update – Storm hits #WestCork

The front edge of of Storm #Ophelia has begun to impact West Cork, with trees falling and power lines being brought down and roads blocked. The storm is expected to make landfall at around midday with the worst of the winds from then until about 3pm.

With winds southeasterly at first coastal flooding will become more of a problem later in the day as the winds change to a southwesterly direction.

At 6am this morning Cork County Counci’sl Crisis Management Team convened at County Hall to assess the latest weather information. The following should be taken into account:

Winds speeds currently at 50km/h and rising steadily. Peak winds expected to occur between 12pm and 3pm with speeds averaging 100km/h and gusting up to 140km/hr. This in effect reflects a doubling or trebling of current speeds.

Intense rainfall expected between 11am and 2pm. Significant tidal surges expected with possible flooding in coastal locations, including Clonakilty.

There’s a tree blocking the N71 Bandon/Innishannon Rd at Rosewood estate. The Council is at the scene.

A fallen tree has been cleared from the N71 Clonakilty/Cork Rd at Convent Hill on the city side of Clonakilty.

There is a fallen tree blocking the Inniscarra Rd, between Inniscarra Bridge and Canons Cross.

A tree is blocking the Cork/Coachford Rd (R618) at Inniscarra.

The Council are dealing with a fallen tree outside Bandon on the Dunmanway Rd (R586). Avoid at present.

A tree is down at Ardbrack in Kinsale.

78 properties in Glengarriff are without power.