Prom closed as west coast to bear the brunt of Storm Fionn

Ivan Schwartz
January 18, 2018

The Fylde coast has escaped a snow warning, but strong winds are still set to blast the resort when Storm Fionn arrives tomorrow.

Mean wind speeds of 65 to 80 km/h and gusts of up to 120 km/hr are forecast in those areas as a result of Storm Fionn, with warnings of possible flash flooding.

The warning is in effect from Tuesday 15:00 to Wednesday 08:00.

Heavy snowfall across many northern parts of the country also led to blocked roads and hazardous driving conditions.

"A severe wind event giving rise to status Orange or status Red weather warnings".

The City Council says it's monitoring the situation, but the tide is not expected to surpass the critical level of 5.6 metres.

Clusters of customers in parts of Cavan and Monaghan lost power, with heavy snowfall blocking fix crews attending the faults on Tuesday night.

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Last night traffic bosses then closed parts of the motorway in Lanarkshire in both directions due to wintry conditions for a number of hours - with tailbacks stretching back for six miles.

The upgraded alert also applies to Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork and Kerry.

Though we have been seeing a lot of weather warnings lately, it's hard to believe that they have been blown out of proportion.

Dublin City Council and Alone, a charity supporting elderly people, called on people to check in with older neighbours during and after the storm.

Speaking on Morning Ireland on RTE Radio 1 Clara Finkele of Met Eireann said: "Winds will further moderate this afternoon ahead of the next depression early this evening, do check for further warnings on Met Eireann's website".

"Any persistent snow is most likely to clear east before dawn on Thursday but further snow showers are likely to follow".

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