A status Red weather warning has been issued for the West coast of Ireland as Storm Rachel reached a fierce climax. Moreover, schools in areas covered by the alert have been directed not to open today while ESB networks have warned homeowners to prepare for power outages. Warnings issued yesterday came just 24 hours after parts of the country were covered in a thick blanket of snow.
On the other hand, the Emergency Response Co-ordination Committee met yesterday and issued a series of warnings to the public including, winds of up to 150kmh will thrash parts of the country. People have been warned to shun unnecessary travel during the storm. Trees will be uprooted and there will be flying debris which will cause damage to buildings, and thrill seekers have been warned to stay away and especially to keep children away from dangerous coastal areas.