Storm Barra: High tide passes without flooding in the city

Galway Daily news Storm Barra: High tide passes without flooding in the city
Flood barrier at the Spanish Arch

Schools across Galway are closed today, along with colleges and universities, as Storm Barra is set to bring damaging winds throughout the day.

Galway is under a Status Orange weather warning today for winds gusting up to 130km/hr as Storm Barra does the most damage in the south and west.

Both GMIT and NUI Galway have closed their campuses today, with GMIT saying that all online and remote learning activities are going ahead as planned.

NUIG said that exams scheduled for today will instead take place this Saturday, December 11.

Schools across Galway are also closed today, with the Department advising that any schools in a Red or Orange alert should remain shut.

Galway City Council said that there was no flooding at the Spanish Arch or the Docks at high-tide this morning, and currently there is no overtopping on the Prom.

Road closures in Salthill were removed at 8am this morning, but “all measures” will be reinstated again this evening for high tide.

Gardaí have said that people in areas under Red and Orange warnings should avoid all unnecessary travel today, as road conditions will be extremely hazardous.

The Irish Coast Guard have also advised that people should avoid all coastal areas today.

The worst of the winds in Galway are expected later today, after Storm Barra makes landfall here.