Storm Emma: Orange and yellow warnings extended until midday on Sunday

Storm Emma: Orange and yellow warnings extended until midday on Sunday

Met Eireann have issued a Status Orange Snow-ice warning for Munster, Leinster, Cavan and Monaghan today.

    Storm Emma aftermath: What we know so far:

  • Status Orange Snow-ice warning for Munster, Leinster, Cavan and Monaghan until midday, Sunday
  • Status Yellow Snow-ice warning for Connacht and Donegal until midday, Sunday
  • Airports: Dublin Airport, Shannon Airport and Cork Airport have re-opened
  • Rail: Train services are now operating between Dublin-Heuston and Cork, Limerick and Galway.
  • DART: Full DART serviceshave now resumed.
  • Bus: Some services are operating a limited schedule.
  • Luas: The Luas Red Line is now operating between The Point and Red Cow every 30 minutes, while the Green Line is not in operation as of yet

Update 6pm: Train services are now operating between Dublin-Heuston and Cork, Limerick and Galway.

Dublin Connolly is also back this evening, as Irish Rail continues to make progress with line clearance across the country.

Northern commuter services have resumed and the Enterprise is back.

However, there's still disruption on the Heuston/Kildare line and there are a number of other delays and cancellations.

Power has been restored to 13,000 electricity customers since 6 am this morning.

There are now 12,000 homes, farms and businesses without power this evening.

90% of those are in Co Wexford.

Overall, since the onset of Storm Emma crews have restored electricity to 138,500 customers.

Maintenance teams are working flat out to clear snow from Luas tracks and platforms across Dublin.

Operators, Transdev, say there's still up to 5ft of snow on the Green Line at stops south of St Stephen's Green and it will be mid-morning tomorrow before service resumes.

A precise time will be announced tomorrow following an inspection.

The Red Line is currently operating from The Point to Red Cow - but not from the Red Cow to Tallaght or Saggart.

The last trams tonight are thirty minutes past midnight from the Red Cow and from The Point.

Update - 1.53pm: Schools to decide individually on re-opening Monday

The Department of Education says schools, colleges of further education and third-level institutions will re-open on Monday where possible.

Each school will decide whether to open their doors to students, or remain closed, depending on the conditions in their area.

The Department says they must ensure the safety of those in their care, and give due consideration to this when making their decision.

The Department of Education and Skills issued a statement saying:

"Where possible schools, colleges of further education and third level institutions will re-open on Monday.

However, decisions will be made by schools, colleges of further education and third level institutions on an individual basis depending on the circumstances and conditions in their area.

As always, schools must ensure the safety of those in their care and give due consideration to this when making a decision to re-open.

The position regarding school transport services will be regularly monitored over the weekend. It is expected that Bus Éireann will be in a position to advise schools tomorrow evening on school transport routes that will not operate on Monday and schools will contact the families involved. However, some decisions on individual schools transport routes may still not be confirmed until Monday morning given changing local conditions. Where possible, information on routes not running will also be provided on the Bus Éireann website - http://www.buseireann.ie.

For schools which require repairs, any non-State owned schools should in the first instance contact their Insurance Providers before contacting the Department regarding emergency funding, for any State owned buildings school authorities are free to apply for funding under the Department's Emergency Works Scheme. The schemes circular and application form are available on the Departments website at: https://www.education.ie/en/Schools-Colleges/Services/Building-Works/Emergency-Works/Emergency-Works.html. For phone queries the number to contact is 057-9325379/5414.

The Minister for Education and Skills would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all those principals, teachers, students and parents who co-operated fully with the safety measures in place over the past days."

1.29pm: Storm Emma: Latest on the bus, rail and air travel services as Taoiseach urges caution in big thaw

Speaking after a meeting of the National Emergency Coordination Group this morning, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said: "While things are slowly improving, we don't wish to lull people into a false sense of security.

"There may be more snow today, and road surfaces are treacherous in many areas due to ice and lying snow. I directed that all resources of the State work to get Ireland back-up-and-running and moving safely again."

Around 20,000 homes & businesses remain without power, and Mr Varadkar says it is hoped all faults will be repaired within 36 hours.

The opening of the Luas Red Line from The Point to the Red Cow Stop has been delayed.

It was due to reopen at 1pm, but accumulations of snow on the tracks in certain areas are taking longer to plough than anticipated.

Transdev say they are unsure what time the line will open.

The Luas operators say a very limited service between Red Cow and Blackhorse will operate from 1pm.

The Green Line is not in operation and an opening time today is yet to be determined.

Update 12.40pm: Many rail services are still closed with intercity services not expected to resume until after 5pm at the earliest today.

The rail operator has said that northern commuter and Belfast Enterprise have resumed, but their northside DART services will not resume until 2pm at the earliest today.

The southside DART service between Pearse and Greystones will remain closed until further notice due to renewed flooding at Salthill.

Intercity services from Dublin Heuston to Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Waterford, Galway and Westport/Ballina are still not running and are not expected to resume until after 5pm as lines are still being cleared of snow. Heuston commuter services are closed for the day.

They are still awaiting an update on Cork commuter services.

Update - 12.27pm: Centra and SuperValu have confirmed that most of their shops are open today.

Centra have said their Jobstown store which was damaged last night, will re-open once Gardaí have concluded their examination of the scene.

Customers for both stores should check their local retailer’s Facebook page for exact timings.

Deliveries to both retailers began at 6am this morning and they expect most stores will receive deliveries today and tomorrow.

Update - 10.33am: All airports are due to reopen although passengers are advised to check with their airline before travel, Cork Airport is aiming to re-open at 12 midday.

Bus Eireann is resuming some routes in the West, North-West and South-West - with services in eastern parts scheduled to depart from early this afternoon.

Some services have resumed in Galway, Monaghan and a very limited service is operating in Cork.

In Dublin, most Dart services are not expected to return until after midday while a number of routes will not re-open today.

The Luas will operate a limited service on the Red Line from 1pm this afternoon while the Green Line is not in operation as of yet.

Dublin Bus services will resume from midday with some disruptions to schedules.

10.14am: Storm Emma: Irish Rail issues service update, more than 20,000 without power around the country

ESB Networks say they are continuing to restore power across the country in extremely challenging conditions.

New faults are still occurring due to the extreme weather but spokesperson Paul Hand says they are making good progress.

There are power outages in Dublin this morning.

Parts of Drumcondra and Ballymun are without power on the northside and there are also outages in Harold's Cross, Milltown and Donnybrook on the southside of the city.

Saggart is also affected in the west of the city, along with Celbridge in County Kildare.

Mr Hand said: "There remains 22,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country that are still without power. Now a lot of these would be around the south-east area, like Wexford, in particular around the Enniscorthy and Wexford Town areas.

"Since the onset of the storm, ESB Networks teams have restored power to around 125,000 customers and we are going to continue until we get every customer re-connected."

Update: 9.54am: Many rail services are still closed but Iarnród Éireann hope to open them later today.

The rail operator has said that DART, northern commuter and Belfast Enterprise are expected to resume between midday and 2pm today.

Southside DART services will be monitored for possible flooding in early afternoon.

Enterprise will resume with the 12:35pm service from Belfast to Dublin Connolly and with the 1:20pm service from Dublin Connolly to Belfast.

Intercity services from Dublin Heuston to Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Waterford, Galway and Westport/Ballina are still not running as lines are still being cleared. The same goes for commuter services from Heuston.

Significant line clearance work is also ongoing on the lines from Connolly to Maynooth and Heuston to Kildare.

They are also clearing rail lines for the Maynooth Commuter, Dublin Connolly to Sligo and Dublin Connolly to Maynooth services.

The Ennis to Galway service is expected to reopen around midday while Cork Commuter routes are expected to resume between midday and 2pm.

Services not expected to reopen today include:

M3 Parkway to Clonsilla

Dublin Connolly to Rosslare Europort

Kilkenny to Waterford

Limerick Junction to Waterford and Limerick to Ballybrophy via Nenagh

7.41am:Storm Emma: Status Orange weather warning in parts of the country; thaw expected to bring floods later

Met Eireann have issued a Status Orange Snow-ice warning for Munster, Leinster, Cavan and Monaghan this morning.

They expect this morning's snowfall to bring widespread treacherous conditions due to ice.

The forecaster said rain will begin to spread from the south and this, along with the melting snow, could lead to localised flooding.

A Status Yellow Snow-ice warning is also in place for Connacht and Donegal with snow there bringing treacherous conditions.

Both weather alerts are in place until 6pm this evening.

Gardaí are advising drivers not to make any unnecessary journeys, despite the red status alert being lifted in the east of the country, as many roads remain dangerous until they are cleared of snow.

Storm Emma: Orange and yellow warnings extended until midday on Sunday

Public transport networks are expected to be back in action today, but their operations will be limited.

Bus Eireann will run services in the West and North-West but they will have no services in the South-West before 10.30am this morning.

The bus operator said their routes in eastern areas are due to start running from early afternoon.

Irish Rail won't run trains until midday at the earliest, while the Luas won't operate in the morning.

Dublin Bus also won't be back in action until 12 midday, but that will depend on road conditions.

All airports are due to reopen, but Ryanair and Aer Lingus have cancelled some early morning flights and passengers are advised to check their websites.

Around 260 stranded passengers have spent a second night at Dublin airport before flights resume.

Some post offices will remain closed this morning due to the bad weather.

Post offices in areas affected by the orange and yellow weather alerts are expected to remain closed.

An Post says it will aim to open "as many post offices as possible" around the country and will update details on their website and through social media.

The Coast Guard and the RNLI are again warning people to be aware of high tides and heavy seas this weekend.

It follows an incident yesterday, where passers-by pulled a swimmer to safety from stormy seas at Sandycove in Dublin.

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