Another massive storm on the way as Ireland reels at winter fury

A barrage of waves batter the coastal town of Lahinch, Co Clare.

Ireland’s Atlantic coastline is bracing itself for a massive new storm as towns and villages prepare for more flooding.

The country’s state weather service Met Eireann has issued another Orange Alert warning in advance of further high winds and heavy rain.

The damage already inflicted now stands at over $500million with more on the way.

Forecasters reports massive Atlantic swells moving with the storm and estimating waves in some areas could reach anywhere from 35ft to as high as 65ft.

Forecasters are warning that winds could get as high as 100 miles per hour on the west coast with heavy rain as very high tides and high seas add to the threat of coastal flooding.

The stormy conditions are expected to worsen on Sunday night with bands of heavy rain moving in from the Atlantic and bad weather set to last until Tuesday.

Parts of Cork, Galway, Clare, Limerick and Mayo have been badly hit with spectacular photographs online of the storm lashing the surf town of Lahinch.

The promenade in the famous Clare town was destroyed by an Atlantic storm surge while the town’s Seaworld tourist attraction suffered over $130,000 worth of damage.

Local councillor Bill Slattery told the Sunday Independent newspaper: “We are looking for emergency funding from the Government, as the local authority has no funding to repair the damage in Lahinch.

“I have never seen the devastation like it. A playground we had just opened two years ago was completely destroyed and the walkway surfaces along the seafront have been ripped up. Huge boulders were being thrown across the car park with the force of the tide.”

 
Arranmore Bay Photo: John Rafferty

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