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Council urges people to stay indoors 01.03.18

DONEGAL County Council has closed all its offices for the remainder of this week as the county awaits the arrival of Storm Emma and its imminent clash with the so-called Beast from the East. On foot of the status Level Red weather alert, and taking into account the expected timeline for the storm, the local authority has closed all its public buildings including libraries. They will remain closed to the public tomorrow, Friday.
The council is asking the public to avoid non-essential travel and remain indoors and to heed the advice issued by agencies via local and national media.
These updates are also being carried on the council’s social media channels.
Essential and emergency response services including gritters will continue to be provided.

The 'Beast from the East' hits Inishowen. To view more photos Click Here .
The council can be contacted on the following numbers: 074 9153900 until 5pm on Thursday and from 9am to 5pm on Friday 2nd March. It can be reached at 074 9172288 outside of these hours. Life threatening emergencies should be reported to the emergency services on 999 or 112.
Meanwhile, the Irish Red Cross has put 120 vehicles including its national ambulance fleet on standby at the request of the HSE across ahead of the extreme weather expected in the coming hours.
In addition, the charity's support vehicles such as fire and emergency and an operational support unit - all equipped with generators - are on standby and ready for deployment.
Gardaí also issued an alert this afternoon saying forecasters had predicted "the nation is to be hit with blizzard-like conditions with zero visability later tonight".
"Heavier snow expected in from the south east with thunderstorms/hail over Munster and south Leinster. Gale force with risk of coastal flooding expected.
"Everyone across the country has been advised to stay indoors from 4pm today due to Storm Emma/Beast fom the East. Remember to check in on elderly and vulnerable neighbours," gardaí said in a statement.
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