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Tipperary Schools and business closed today because of Ophelia

Tipperary County Council warn of 'risk to life' in storm

Sian Moloughney

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Sian Moloughney

Hurricane Ophelia

The eye of the storm - Ophelia at 8.30am

Storm Ophelia  hit Tipperary with it's full force this afternoon. We will keep you up to date with info on fallen trees, road closures and electricity outages here as we get info.

#StaySafe 

7.30pm

*Tree down on R671 at Halfway House (south of Ballymacarbry)

*Fallen tree R671 Kilmacomma (5 miles from Clonmel, Dungarvan Road)

*Tree falling on telephone wire at Ballinahinch on the R505 Cashel /Dundrum road.

*Tree down and road impassable at Garrantemple, on the back road between Barne to Knocklofty, just beside Whelans Abbatoir. It is located near a T junction and a hump back bridge, and it might be difficult to see. It is the back road from Barne pub to Knocklofty. 

Ophelia - the eye of the storm is moving on past Ireland but do still be careful, winds are still very strong and roads are treacherous with fallen trees and other debris.

Ophelia 7.25pm satellite

7.20pm

The N74 between Cashel and Golden is closed because of fallen power lines. People are asked to avoid this road.

7pm

Map of road closures in Tipperary

Tipperary County Council has a live map of the county with all road closures. It is being updated as information is received by them. Click here to see the map.

6.30pm

*Fallen trees on the Mountain Road, Clonmel

*Large ash tree down at Garrantemple, between Barnes pub and Knocklofty, Clonmel

*Six trees down at Kilmalogue, Cahir, blocking entry and exit to a number of houses.

*Tree down near Powerstown, on the back road Medite.

*Tree down between Clerihan village and Poulmucka village.

*Tree down on the road from Cashel to Gouldscross.

*Two large trees down on Melleray Road out of Newcastle, at Kilnacarriga

*Tree down at Yewstown estate, Nenagh

*Electric wires and tree down on Dualla to Moyglass Road

*Tree down on the Cregg Road in Carrick on Suir

*Tree down outside nursing home in Dualla

*Tree down at Quinlan's Cross - Carrow, Cashel, outside Donohill village.

5.30pm

All RehabCare and National Learning Network centres to remain closed tomorrow (Tuesday, October 17)

Due to road closures, power outages and the need to assess possible structural damage following today’s storm, all RehabCare and NLN centres across the country will remain closed tomorrow.

Rehab Group residential services will continue to operate. Rehab Enterprises sites will open, but staff should not travel if hazardous. We are monitoring the situation and will post updates across our social media platforms and website.

All schools will also remain closed tomorrow, the Minister for Education has confirmed.

5.15pm

Tipperary County Council’s Severe Weather Crisis Management Team convened again at 3.30pm to review the situation.

A significant number of roads across the five council districts are impassable and the majority of these routes will be impassable overnight.

A full list of known road closures is available on the Council’s website. 

*Clonmel to Ballymacarbry road (R671) has fallen trees at Knocknamullig and Beehive. Traffic is restricted to one lane. Proceed with extreme caution.

4.45pm

Ophelia colville road tree downAbove: Fallen tree across Colville Road Clonmel.

*Fallen tree on the R665 Wood Road outside Clonmel.

*Fallen tree R671 Kilmacomma.

*Branches on road at Drumin Road, Nenagh

*Tree blocking road at Cloughprior Graveyard, CLoughjordan.

*Number of trees down at the following locations: four miles out the Cloughjordan road at Kilruane, on the Portroe Roundabout, tree blocking the road at Ballinaclough Road, Nenagh, tree down at Tullaheady by the roundabout and tree down at Borrisokane at Carrigahorig

*Woodville, Ballymackey, Nenagh – tree down outside house at Woodville where the old landfill used to be.

*Tree down at Walsh Park Cross – Borrisokane towards Athlone Road (12km from Borrisokane).

*Numerous trees down on Burntwood Road, Cloughjordan.

*Tree blocking the road at Gortmore, back road to Ballinderry, 1km to Terryglass.

*Tree down at Killeen Court, Ballyhaden, Borrisokane.

*Tree down between Kilbarron and Borrisokane.

*Tree down on the Portumna to Birr Road about 2kms from Portumna.

*Trees down on the Nenagh to Cloughjordan road at the Nenagh side of the Fairways.

*Small tree down outside Cloughjordan off the Shinrone road, down on electric wires. 13.Tree down on wires at Cowbawn, Cloughjordan.

*Tree down as one travels up to Portland Hill, 3kms and on right hand side after red brick house. 

*Tree down on the Borrisokane to Athlone road R438, 6miles outside Borrisokane.

*Tree down in Yewston Estate, Nenagh

*Tree down Cloughjordan to Shinrone – 1.5 miles from Cloughjordan.

*Tree about to fall onto car outside 9 Radharc, Nenagh – has already fell part of the way onto a fence

4.15pm

Carrick on Suir roads closed - N24 on Clonmel side of the town near Miloko, and there is an obstruction on the Pill Road.

3.50pm

All schools will remain closed again tomorrow, Tuesday, October 17, the Minister for Education has just announced.

3.30pm

*A power outage at the Ardfinnan water scheme is impacting on the provision of water supplies at that location. Position is being assessed by water services staff.

*The Crisis Management Team is continuing to meet throughout the day with further teleconference calls between Tipperary County Council, HSE and Garda scheduled for 3pm today.

*Outdoor staff are in position at their depots and ready to respond following the passing of the storm.

3.15pm

*Tree down on the old N8 (R639) between Horse & Jockey and Littleton - road is fully blocked.

*The R503 is blocked in two locations at Ballinahow and Shevry, Upperchurch, Thurles, and also at Loughbrack, Kilcommon.

*There are also trees down on the following roads: Borrisoleigh - Templemore Road, Templemore - Dunkerrin Road, Roscrea - Birr Road.

3pm

A man has died in Cahir while trying to clear trees knocked by Ophelia. Full story click here. RIP.

All Tesco Ireland stores have now closed due to the Hurricane Ophelia. "We thank all our colleagues today who did their best to serve customers in the few hours this morning before the storm hit. We will reopen once it is safe to do so. All colleagues who were due to work today but were unable to turn in due to difficulties travelling or for other reasons will be paid for today. We hope everyone stays safe today."

Below: Serious damage to the roof of Lidl in Clonmel - insulation on ground.

Lidl Ophelia damage

Lidl roof ophelia

2.10pm

*The roof has been blown off the boxing club in Elm Park, Clonmel (photo below).

*Cahir alert - large flower pots are being blown on to the roads at The Square and the Castle Car Park.

Boxing club elm park ophelia

1.40pm

Please drive with extreme caution if you must go outside!

*A wall has collapsed on the R671 north of Ballymacarbry

*There is a tree down on the N52 Borrisokane to Birr road and at Finnou, Borrisokane.

*Fallen trees on ALL local roads leading to Touraneena

*Tree down half a mile past Gerry O'Sullivan motors on the New Inn road, Clonmel.

1.25pm

The roof has been blown off a building near the West Gate in Clonmel town centre. Reports of damage to the roof of The Crescent shop also in Clonmel.

(With thanks to Victoria Treacy-Corbett for photograph)

Roof off Westgate Ophelia

Another tree down in Clonmel (with thanks to John McNamara)

Tree down clonmel McNamara

1pm

Winds strengthening - structural damage now being caused to buildings in South Tipperary.

*Reports the roof of Lidl on the Davis Road in Clonmel has been ripped off by storm force winds. There is also debris on the Western Road near Aldi.

*Carrick on Suir - road sign has been blown on to the road at Sean Healy Park.

12.50pm

Trees down all across Tipperary. First fatality due to a tree falling on a car just reported from Aglish in Co Waterford - please get off the roads and stay indoors. 

A fallen tree is blocking the main Clonmel to Kilkenny Road outside O'Donnell's Farm near Ormond Stores, Kilsheelan and another tree blown down by Hurricane Ophelia has fallen on the Clonmel to Newcastle Road, according to Clonmel Gardai.

Clonmel District Garda Supt. William Leahy appealed to the public to remain indoors if possible and only travel on the roads if it's absolutely necessary. He said the weather conditions were very difficult at the moment for emergency services to work in.

Trees also down on the N65 between Borrisokane and Carrigahorig, Nenagh, and at Tullaheady, Nenagh.

Below: Tree down at Abbey Meadows, Clonmel.

Fallen tree Clonmel

Below: Tree down on Suir IslandFallen Tree Clonmel

12.05pm

Irish Water warn of 'compromised safety' for drinking water if power outages prevent water treatment plants working properly. Please click here for the full details and Irish Water's advice.

12noon

Supermarkets and shops with branches in Tipperary that are closed today: Dunnes Stores, Penneys, Marks & Spencer and Supervalu

Mandate Trade Union has called on all employers in Ireland to close today in order to protect the health and safety of their staff. The Union says the storm Ophelia presents a very real threat and it would be entirely irresponsible of employers to operate as normal.

Mandate has written to employers where they have members and have received confirmation that Debenhams, Dunnes Stores, Penneys, Marks & Spencer and Supervalu MOPI will close today.

11.50am

HSE announces outpatient clinics at South Tipperary General Hospital are postponed.

Non urgent procedures have been cancelled.

Only essential community services will operate.

A&E is open.

Please click here for full details of each department.

11.30am

Trees Down!
A tree has fallen due to Hurricane Ophelia outside Butlers Court Estate on the Clonmel Road in Cahir blocking half of the road to traffic.


The tree fell around 9.20am obstructing traffic incoming into the town. Gardai report that it is possible to travel around the tree and have advised motorists to be careful.


Two trees that fell on the Fethard to Clonmel Road this morning due to high winds caused by Hurricane Ophelia have been cleared, according to gardai at Clonmel Garda Station.

Below: Fallen tree in Emly this morning, sent to us by Lorraine Doyle.

Emly fallen tree

11.25am

*South Tipperary Arts Centre is closed today – all classes will be rescheduled to later in the week.

*Cluain Restaurant, Nelson St., Clonmel closed.

*Rotary Club weekly meeting and lunch cancelled

*Peter Mark salons closed. "In the interests of the safety of our customers and our team, all 71 Peter Mark salons across the island of Ireland will be closed today. All salons will re-open tomorrow and appointments can be re-arranged by phone or in salon tomorrow."

* All branches of AIB and TSB banks are closed.

11.20am

Electricity Outages

Areas affected in Tipperary / West Waterford - 

Glengoole

Grangemore, Cahir

Garrancanty, Kilfeacle

Kilross Road, Tipperary Town

Hymenstown, near Bansha

Lawlesstown, Ballymacarbry

Dundrum

Golden

11.15am

Current satellite view of Ophelia.

Ophelia

10.30am

Two trees that fell on the Fethard to Clonmel Road this morning due to high winds caused by Hurricane Ophelia have been cleared, according to gardai at Clonmel Garda Station.

10.15am

Trees starting to come down in strong gusts across Tipperary. 

Below: Lisronagh NS a short time ago.

Lisronagh NS

10am

Electricity Outages

ESB Networks are reporting two areas of Tipperary have lost electricity - Ardfinnan and part of Cahir.

An Important Public Safety Message: If you come across fallen wires or damaged electricity network, never, ever touch or approach these as they are LIVE and extremely dangerous. Please report any damage to electricity infrastructure by calling 1850 372 999.

ESB Networks is now at Red Weather Preparedness Level. All internal resources are on alert and will be deployed to respond to all electricity outages once it is safe to do so. We continually monitor the forecasts and real time events on the electricity network and will deploy resources safely to these events. Updates will issue over the course of the storm.

Crews from ESB Networks will be dispatched to the affected areas without electricity supply, making the electricity network safe and assessing the damage, so that they can restore power as quickly and effectively as possible.

9.45am

Update from Tipperary County Council 

Tipperary County Council’s Severe Weather Crisis Management Team is convening this morning and re-iterates the risks outlined at National level, with high winds and heavy rainfall throughout the day across Tipperary.

There will be a risk of structural damage, flying objects, fallen trees and localised flooding along with storm surges from early morning to night time today. There is also a probability of power outages throughout the day.

Council resources have been mobilised however please note that they will only be responding to emergencies once the storm has abated. 

Telephone: 0761 06 5000
Email: customerservices@tipperarycoco.ie

8.30am

Keep up to date with how Ophelia is affecting Tipperary here. We will update this article as we get any information.

Public Transport Affected

*Iarnrod Eireann have confirmed there will be no services from (1) Limerick Junction to Waterford today - affecting all stations in Tipperary; and (2) Limerick to Ballybrophy via Nenagh.

Other services will be suspended as the day progresses, including Dublin Heuston to Waterford.

*Bus Eireann has cancelled ALL services this morning because of the weather. Some afternoon services may run - we will update info as we get it.

*Driving your car - be aware that some insurance policies may not be valid if you drive while a Status Red Warning is in effect.

*Drivers of high sided vehicles are advised not to travel during the height of the winds.

Businesses Closed

Several businesses across Tipperary will remain closed today:

*Niamh's Restaurant in Clonmel has announced it will stay closed "to ensure the safety of our staff and customers."

*Dunnes Stores has announced all it's branches across the country will remain closed today.

*Tipperary Town Shopping Centre is closed.

*Bulmers in Clonmel is closed.

*Eistec in Clonmel is closed.

*Penneys in Clonmel is closed.

*Abbott Vascular in Clonmel is closed.

*Clonmel Waste is closed.

*South Tipperary Development Company - all activities suspended today.

*Please note for Health and Safety reasons Tipperary County Council  Recycling Centres at Donohill and Wallers Lot Cashel will be closed today Monday 16th October.

Schools and Colleges Closed 

* The Department of Education announced last night that all schools and colleges across the country will remain closed today. In advance of that many primary and secondary schools in Tipperary had already made the decision to remain closed.

Other Services Affected

*Hospital outpatient clinics have been postponed.

*An Post suspended all services in some counties last night and were to review the situation overnight - there were no deliveries in Munster today according to Anna McHugh of An Post.

*Court sittings - some courts will not go ahead today. Please check with your local court office or gardai before travelling. This also applied to those called or serving on juries.

*All citizenship ceremonies schedules for today are postponed.

*Department of Education and Skills offices are all closed today.

*Oireachtas staff will be working remotely today so phones in Dail Eireann may not be answered. Contact TDs and Senators via email or social media.

Advice from Unions/ Representative Groups 

*IMPACT - Members should follow the advice of the government and avoid any non-essential travel."So far as the union is concerned that includes travel to work by members. Should any issue arise the union will support any member who follows this advice.

"Obviously members involved in absolutely essential services or emergency planning should use their discretion to ensure continuity of such services."

*ISME - "As employers have a duty of care for all employees under the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act, their key consideration needs to be whether it is safe to ask their employees to travel to work, and if they do, what plans they have in place to ensure they get home safely.

"There could be greater risk in certain sectors (i.e. construction and any sector where outside work is required). Anyone who is asking employees to come in should be advised to remain vigilant throughout the day for worsening conditions and cancelled/ amended travel services and should consider how long it will take people to commute home safely. All information should be given as early as possible to allow people plan.

"Consideration should be given to whether employees can work from home given the extreme nature of what is expected and flexibility should be allowed for all employees especially those who have far to travel."

9pm Sunday

Tipperary County Council Announcement

CODE LEVEL RED WEATHER WARNING NOW APPLIES TO TIPPERARY
Code Level Red Weather Warning now applies to Tipperary.
Severe Weather Warning : Code Level Red

Ex-Hurricane Ophelia is forecast to track directly over Ireland during daytime Monday. Violent and destructive gusts are forecast with all areas at risk and in particular the southwest and south in the morning, and eastern counties in the afternoon. Also heavy rain and storm surges along some coasts will result in flooding.

There is potential risk to lives.

Valid from 06:01 Monday 16-October-2017 until 23:59 Monday 16-October-2017