‘We’re in a bit of a bind’ as Ireland struggles to recover from hurricane season
Dublin, Ireland – A new hurricane season has been declared for Ireland, with the country’s capital Dublin forecast to be the second-most affected country in Europe by the worst hurricane season in the world.
The hurricane season, which starts in October and runs until April, will see Ireland’s hurricane-prone eastern and northern regions hit with heavy rainfall, flooding and flash flooding.
The capital, Dublin, is forecast to receive 6 to 10 inches of rain, with some areas expected to see 20 to 30 inches.
It will also see strong winds and high seas, with severe flooding in some parts.
In Northern Ireland, the Stormont Assembly in Belfast has called for more aid for areas hit by the storm, which is expected to continue.
“There are a lot of people living in areas that are under severe threat, particularly in the north,” said Sinn Féin’s Northern Ireland leader, Gerry Adams.
“They’ve got very limited resources, we know they’ve got a lot to cope with and the response to the hurricane season is really not adequate.”
So we’re in need of additional resources and that is exactly what we’re calling for, and that will be supported by the Government and other agencies.
“In Northern England, the National Hurricane Centre said it had received more than 1,000 reports of flooding and storm surges.”
Flooding is likely to continue in parts of the country with up to 1 metre (3 feet) of water on the ground in some places,” the centre said.”
High winds and heavy rainfall are also possible in some areas.
Storm surges and storm surge warnings remain in place in parts, as a precaution.
“In the UK, Stormont is in talks with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to set out plans to help the stricken regions recover from the hurricane.
However, ministers said there were still many unanswered questions about how the country will manage a major hurricane.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the Department of Environment, Farming and Fisheries said: “The Government has already made a substantial investment in Stormont and will continue to do so, but the Stormonges recovery will depend on the capacity of local authorities and the services that we can provide.”
It is important to note that the Government has a long-term commitment to Stormont.
There is still a lot we can do, but it will be up to the Government to make that happen.”