A period of very unsettled
weather is in store for County Donegal over the
Halloween weekend as a series of vigorous Atlantic
weather systems pass close to the coast of Ireland.
Met Éireann have issued a status yellow rainfall warning
for Donegal from 00.00hrs on Thursday, 29th of
October until 06.00hrs on Friday, 30th of October. This
may lead to rainfall accumulations of between 30 to 60mm
with more expected on higher ground. In addition there
is also a status yellow wind warning in effect from
01.00hrs on Saturday, 31st of October until 15.00hrs on
the same day for strong to gale force southerly winds
veering westerly. Some strong and damaging gusts are
also predicted during this time.
Spells of heavy rain, coupled with the fact that the
ground is already saturated, will mean that some
localised surface and river flooding is likely. As flood
water may overwhelm drains and gullies, property owners
/ occupiers are asked to check these for potential
High winds are expected throughout Friday night and into
Saturday afternoon so again property owners / occupiers
are asked to ensure that all garden furniture and
outdoor play items such as goal posts, trampolines etc.
are stowed away securely so as to prevent them being
blown away and becoming a hazard to road users and
members of the public.
Motorists are being asked to take extra care while
driving during the heavy rainfall and to be mindful of
the potential risk of spot flooding along the road
Beach goers and walkers along exposed coasts should be
aware that there will be instances of extremely high
wave activity during this period and are asked to remain
vigilant and to heed the Irish Coast Guard’s advice to
‘stay back, stay high and stay dry’.
Donegal County Council can be contacted during normal
business hours on 074 91 53900 or in the event of an
out-of-hours emergency, the Council’s Road Service can
be contacted on 074 91 72288. For emergencies requiring
the assistance of the Fire Service please call 999 or