The continuation of the winter storms is battering the coastline along the Wild Atlantic Way. Atlantic Storm Ruth, Christine and then Storm Darwin has battered the west of Ireland coastline since mid-December with Met Éireann putting an orange alert in place across Ireland just last week.
STATUS ORANGE – Weather Warning – Be Prepared
This category of ORANGE level weather warnings is for weather conditions which have the capacity to impact significantly on people in the affected areas. The issue of an Orange level weather warning implies that all recipients in the affected areas should prepare themselves in an appropriate way for the anticipated conditions.
Dermot Kelly, Operations Director with GrassRoutes says that while the storms mean that we all need to be careful and mindful when outdoors, it will have an affect on the Donegal coastline. “We’ve already seen changes in sand dunes, rock formations and piers with the onset of a number of winter storms since late last year. However, you could say it adds to the wildness of the coastline with new features appearing as a direct result of the inclement weather.”
Here are some tips to stay safe if you are out and about along the Donegal coastline this week.
- Stay a safe distance away from breaking seas
- Do not go near exposed cliffs, piers or harbour walls
- Monitor weather forecasts before making any unnecessary journeys
- Heed the advice of the road safety authority, the coastguard and other agencies
- Owners of small vessels and fishing vessels in coastal waters should seek shelter and secure them properly with moorings