A Prior Warning Notice is to be erected on Velvet Strand, Portmarnock today following forecast of heavy rain (Yellow Alert). Bathers are advised of the possibility of an increase in the levels of bacteria in the bathing water over the coming days due to expected heavy rainfall. The expected duration of the notice is 4 days.
A bathing water sample is scheduled to take place on Friday 21st August and results will be available on Sunday 23rd August.
The Notice states that to reduce the risk of illness, beach users should
take the following precautions:
Avoid swallowing or splashing water
Wash your hands before handling food
Avoid swimming with an open cut or wound
Avoid swimming if you are pregnant or have a weakened immune system
The Velvet Strand remains open but beach users are asked to respect the
advisory notice as it has been put in place to ensure that the health of bathers is
Members of the public can check for water quality at any of the monitored bathing waters in Ireland in advance by accessing the EPA website at www.beaches.ie or by checking the notice board at the entrance to each beach. 08 2020
Valid: 21:00 Wednesday 19/08/2020 to 06:00 Thursday 20/08/2020
Met Éireann have issued an Orange wind warning for Galway from 21.00 on Wednesday, 19th August 2020 to 06.00 on Thursday, 20th August 2020.
Storm Ellen will track over Ireland this evening and tonight bringing severe and damaging winds. Heavy rainfall and storm surge will result in some flooding.
Galway County Council’s Severe Weather Assessment Team met this morning to discuss the potential impact of the storm.
Storm Ellen is an unusual weather event for this time of year and the key message is for people to stay safe.
With trees in full leaf impacts could be significant with damaging winds, heavy rain, and large waves along the coast. Due to strong winds overland, high, potentially dangerous, waves can occur on lakes as well as along coasts and over high ground.
There is a high risk of flying debris, fallen trees and powerlines. The public are requested to ensure that garden furniture, bins, and other objects in their gardens and around their properties are secure.
The public are advised to avoid coastal routes, to make alternative route plans where possible and to avoid making unnecessary journeys. Members of the public should not visit coastal areas to view the storm conditions as this is considered extremely dangerous.
The public are also advised to avoid camping due to the storm conditions and make alternative arrangements for the duration of Storm Ellen.
Please take precautions to stay safe and the public are reminded to make contact with elderly or vulnerable neighbours and provide assistance and support to tourists and those enjoying a staycation in Galway County during Storm Ellen.
The Galway County Council Severe Weather Advisory Team will continue to monitor these current weather conditions as they change throughout this storm event.
For ongoing updates please check national and local media outlets, the Council’s twitter feed, @GalwayCoCo and Met Eireann updates at www.met.ie
Galway County Council, County Hall - office hours (9am – 5pm) 091-509000
Out of Hours Number is 091-509069
For Emergencies please contact the National Emergency Services at 999 and 112.
Athy Offices closed all day on Wednesday 19th August.
Kildare County Council Out of Hours: Out of hours emergencies - 1890 500 333 Homeless out of hours – 1800 804 307. 08 2020