CORK WEATHER: Everything to know about today’s Status Orange alert
Here we go again.
No sooner had we squeezed out our raincoats after the last biblical deluge and here we are, braced for another one.
Met Éireann’s Status Orange rain warning for Cork remains in place for the entire day, with heavy rain forecast until tonight and the possibility of thundery downpours and localised flooding.
The jist? Disruption is likely so take a duvet day if you can or at least work from home if that’s possible.
Cork City Council’s Flood Assessment Team met yesterday afternoon and issued a Level 2 Flood Alert across the city.
“The necessary preparations are being made for a pluvial (rainfall) flooding event and Operations crews are checking gullies and screens across the city to ensure they are cleared in advance.” said a spokesperson.
“Crews will be on alert before, during and after the event. Please note that gullies are designed to retain a certain amount of debris in the gully pot and still function normally. Only gullies that are full to the top of the metal grating with detritus require cleaning.
Heavy/thundery rain this morning with localised flooding likely. ⛈️☔️
A dry spell will develop in many areas today.
Very breezy & blustery E wind🍃
Highs of 11 to 15C
⚠️Warnings in place➡️ https://t.co/Xg3aMJm6kq pic.twitter.com/7o1VNSbsjL
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) October 19, 2022
“To help us respond to urgent issues, please do not report blocked gullies if there is water/silt visible in the pot, it is functioning as normal.”
Due to the forecasted heavy rainfall, Cork City Council is advising the public to avoid any unnecessary journeys and to take care when driving, as conditions could be hazardous.
Property owners and businesses are advised to protect their properties by purchasing sandbags or gel bags from hardware shops or builders’ providers. There is a limited stock of sandbags and gel bags available for collection by the public and businesses at Tramore Valley Park (Civic Amenity Site), on the South Link Road.