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Tuesday 3 October 2023 Dublin: 13°C
# Storm Brian
Ferries cancelled amid fears over expected 'tidal surge' in Cork tomorrow evening
The county, still recovering from Ophelia, is preparing for Storm Brian.

90526715 Eamonn Farrell / High waves in Summercove outside Kinsale in County Cork earlier this week Eamonn Farrell / /

Updated 9.14pm

A NUMBER OF ferries between Cork and France have been cancelled over the coming days amid fears over a predicted tidal surge in the county.

Brittany Ferries has cancelled sailings from Roscoff to Cork tomorrow and the return ferry on 21 October.

The company says it will contact all passengers scheduled to travel on either ferry “to offer assistance”.

“Passengers due to travel can also contact the Brittany Ferries call centre at 021 4277801,” a spokesperson said.

The company apologises to all passengers for the inconvenience this will cause to journeys.

The cancellations come ahead of a predicted tidal surge which is expected to coincide with high tides and occur at around 6pm off the Cork coast tomorrow.

Cork County Council has warned that the surge has the potential to cause flooding across low lying areas in Bantry, Clonakilty, Youghal and Midleton.

Sandbags will be available at council depots for these four areas from tomorrow morning.

Met Éireann earlier issued a Status Orange wind warning for seven counties including Cork, as Storm Brian is set to hit Ireland this weekend.

In light of the imminent wind warning, Cork County Council has asked members of the public to avoid coastal areas, and exercise extreme caution in relation to trees and structures that may have been affected by Storm Ophelia.

Road closures 

In a statement, the local authority said: “We also request landowners to check trees on roadside boundaries which may have been affected by Storm Ophelia and could pose a risk.

Road users are urged to be aware overhanging tree limbs, surface water and remaining debris while drains and gullies continue to be cleared by council crews.

Two regional roads in Cork remain impassable. The R579 Midleton to Dungourney road is expected to open tomorrow. Over 20 trees fell on this stretch of road and two council crews are working to clear the area.

The R597 Glandore Harbour road is also impassable, but local diversions are in place. Council crews are continuing to clear the R602 Bandon road, which is passable but some delays are expected.

The council said the ESB has to deal with fallen cables on certain roads before they can be cleared, meaning they may not reopen for a few days.

Tankers and static tanks are available at a number of locations throughout the county for people who continue to be affected by water supply interruptions. More information can be read here.

Additional reporting Cianan Brennan

First published 5.29pm

Read: Status Orange wind warning in place for 7 counties as Storm Brian approaches

Read: ‘It was like driving through a war zone’: Cork picking up the pieces after Storm Ophelia

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