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Extensive Damage From Massive Storm – 13/02/2014

Hurricane-force winds yesterday (Wed. 12 Feb 2014) have caused widespread damage throughout the Mulkear Catchment. What has been described as one of the most intense storms of the last 20 years lasted only a matter of hours but resulted in wind speeds well in excess of 100kms. The highest land speed in Ireland yesterday was recorded on the Lower Shannon, at Shannon Airport, where a gust of 160km per hour was recorded. With land already super statured and trees and buildings already weakened by six weeks of storms, it was natural that such an intense storm would cause major damage.  The following selection of images were taken in Mulkear Catchment today.

Mulkear River - Abington Br Mulkear River in flood at Abington Br (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

Clare Glens - Above Clare Br No 5Clare River in flood above Clare Br. (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

Clare Glens - Above Clare Br No 6Fallen trees Clare River above Clare Br. (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

Clare Glens - Above Clare Br No 7Fallen trees Clare River above Clare Br. (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

Clare Glens - Above Clare BrFallen trees Clare River above Clare Br. (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

 

Dipper on debris full breastDipper on fallen trees, Mulkear River at Abington Br. (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

 

Fallen Trees 2 - GlenstallFallen trees Glenstal, Murroe (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

Fallen Trees in Mulkear River Above Abington Br No 2Fallen tress in the Mulkear River above Abington Br.  (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir) 

 

Fallen Trees in Mulkear River Above Brittas BrFallen tree, Mulkear River above Brittas Br. (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

 

Fallen Trees in Mulkear River At Annacotty BrFallen trees and debris at Annacotty (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

 

 

House in Annacotty VillageFallen Tree at house in Annacotty Village (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir) 

Extensive damage was also caused in other parts of the region, including along the Shannon.

Limerick Rowing Club on the Shannon RiverDamage to Limerick Rowing Club, Shannon River (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

As if yesterdays storm was not enough, Met Éireann have stated that  another “nasty” storm front is set to hit the West Coast of Ireland tomorrow. Met Éireann has issued a new weather alert for more rainfall.  It is unclear when the weather will improve but next week is promised less stormy.

MulkearLIFE is hopeful that a dry spring will help bring rivers in the catchment back to a more flow regime.

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