Severe disruptions expected due to storm Debi

Status yellow wind and rain warning in place for all counties starting at midnight and lasting until 3pm on Monday

by Alison O'Hanlon
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Met Éireann has issued a status Red warning for Dublin ahead of Storm Debi which will sweep across Ireland on Sunday night and Monday morning.

Storm Debi will bring severe and damaging gusts with strong to gale force westerly winds, a variety of services will be severely disrupted for the morning.

  • Schools and pre-schools are asked to remain closed until 10 o’clock tomorrow morning in the orange and the red areas.
  • Dublin Bus, Go-Ahead and Luas services are not expected to operate before 9am, with a phased return to normal timetable during the morning.
  • Bus Eireann services are not expected to operate before 10am, with a phased return to normal services during the morning. 
  • Irish Rail services will operate as normal, but with speed restrictions for all services leading to service delays.
  • Local Link services will not operate in counties where a red warning is in place.
  • all city libraries, parks, city sports and recreation facilities and city hall will remain closed until 10am on Monday.

Some flight cancellations are in place with Graeme McQueen, Media Relations Manager at daa, saying: “A Status Red wind warning is in place for Dublin on Monday morning which may cause some disruption to early morning flights. As always, passengers seeking updates about specific flights should contact their airline directly.

Keith Leonard of the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management said Storm Debi had dangerous features and would cause “extremely hazardous” conditions in coastal areas.

Storm Debi Met Eireann graphic

Addressing employers, he said “Given the disruption to travel networks, employers are asked to be flexible to those who will be disrupted getting to work tomorrow and consider the option of working from home.”

Road users are asked to slow down and to watch out for fallen trees, especially during Monday morning. Power outages could occur and people are asked to try to ensure that their mobile phones were charged in case of emergencies and to check for updates where necessary.

“A status red severe weather warning is rarely issued but when it is, people in the areas expected to be affected should take action to protect themselves and/or their properties,” says Met Éireann’s explanation of the highest-level warning.

Picture High Rock Portmarnock, Alison O’Hanlon

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