January 22, 2021
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HURRICANE WATCH: Kilkenny Council told to prepare for Lorenzo

By COLIN BARTLEY

IT will be early tomorrow morning before we know if  Hurricane Lorenzo is going to hit Ireland, Kilkenny County Council has been told to prepare for it anyway.

Weather experts tracking the hurricane say it is too early still to predict if Lorenzo is going to veer left towards Iceland or stay on its current course towards Ireland.

Met Eireann has admitted it is “seriously concerned” about Lorenzo, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded this far north at this time of the season.

The hurricane is currently passing the Azores in the mid-Atlantic, and if it does hit Ireland, it is set to land Thursday. Even if Lorenzo misses Ireland, Met Éireann says the storm will still bring strong winds of 100kph to 120kph  and spells of rains. The national forecaster also said: “the details of the forecast may change.”

Last night Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy said officials from his department contacted all local authorities to put in place their crisis management arrangements. It is yet to be decided whether or not to convene a meeting of the National Emergency Co-ordination group and will wait for updated forecasts from Met Éireann before making a decision.

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