Storm Ciara is battering both the coast and inland of Ireland. Numerous weather warnings have been issued throughout the country, with citizens being informed to brace themselves for one of the worst storms of the last twenty years. Winds are expected to increase to 130km/h, with snow and ice slamming coastlines with similar conditions to the artic. Temperatures will stand at -1C with there being the chance of the west and north being inaccessible due to gridlocked snow conditions.
It’s expected that February 10th will be the worst day of Storm Ciara, with numerous cities being told not to leave their basements between 6 am and 8 pm under the “Status Orange Warning”. These cities include Galway, Clare, Leitrim, Donegal, Sligo, Mayo and Kerry. The entirety of Ireland is under the Status Yellow condition. The citizens of Ireland have been told that weather conditions will begin to improve before midnight on February 11th. Weather analysts anticipate snow and ice to melt within twenty-four hours. Unfortunately, this will increase the potential for flooding.
This isn’t the first time that Ireland citizens have battered against the forces of mother nature. Last season saw this nation experience some of the hardest wind conditions on recorded history. The difference with Storm Ciara is the damage it’s doing to the entirety of the United Kingdom, with both Great Britain and Ireland facing some of the coldest wind chills since 2003.
Motorists have been informed to exercise the highest form of caution when driving, especially during their morning commute when the winds will be their strongest. Those that must disobey the warning to remain indoors will be risking their lives. Planes in Great Britain and Ireland have been docked because the wind is creating unexpected flying conditions, putting passengers at risk. When a plane cannot battle the elements, neither can cars.
Ireland has already begun to face significant damage from Storm Ciara. Basements in the North, West and East have started to flood. Dublin was particularly struck by this Storm pre-emptively, which has forced the Fire Brigade to call upon local volunteers. The volume of rainfall is causing for cellar pumps to underperform, with the rate of suction to rainfall outmatched. Subsequently, fifteen thousand homes have had their infrastructure damaged beyond repair and lost all utility capabilities.