‘Exceptional event’ on the way as Storm Emma to clash with Beast from the East

first_imgToday’s National Emergency Co-ordination Group briefing has strengthened warnings for the incoming extreme weather event that’s set to hit Ireland this week. Severe frost and scattered snow showers are to begin tonight due to a westward flow of air from the east. On Thursday night, that extremely cold air is due to clash with the powerful rain and gales of Storm Emma and create blizzard conditions. The government has convened the emergency planning task force to prepare for the storm and ensure all precautionary measures were ready for the disruptive event. National Emergency Co-ordination GroupMr Sean Hogan, Chair of the NECG, said it is hoped that more certainly over the timing of the weather events will become clear by Wednesday. He urged the public to take the opportunity to plan ahead, and added it is ‘too far out’ to be giving advice on school and workplace closures on Friday.Mr Hogan said: “We’re dealing with nature here and there’s a good deal of uncertainty when we’re doing that. “Nonetheless, events are unfolding as Met Eireann have predicted with snow showers this evening and an exceptional event forecast for Thursday night.”Met Eireann currently have a nationwide weather alert in place for Tuesday night through to Saturday. The midlands and south east are set to be worst affected, with a Status Orange alert affecting Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Laois, Louth, Wicklow and Meath. Meteorologist Evelyn Cusack said the weather event is likely to result in a Status Orange alert, but no Status Red warning has ever been issued for snow events since the coding system was introduced in 2013.A Status Red warning will signify the cancellation of school buses and school closures.Storm Emma, which is currently striking Portugal and creating a Status Red alert, will arrive over Ireland on Thursday.Met Eireann meteorologist Evelyn CusackMs Cusack said: “The cold polar easterly air will produce showers this evening tonight and tomorrow and scattered showers on Thursday. “As Emma moves in, it’s going to clash with the polar air and producing the continuous snow that we are forecasting for Thursday evening, night and Friday, accompanied by strong gale-force easterly winds.” On Wednesday and Thursday, the forecaster warned that the maximum temperature will be +1, with the wind chill making the air feel more like -5 degrees Celsius. A challenging weekend is in store too, with more wintry weather and no clear outlook for milder conditions.Surface temperature predictions over land and sea.The W and C symbols show the location and value of the highest (W – Warm) and lowest (C – Cold) temperature on the map. pic.twitter.com/vB1eC5YZ2x— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) February 27, 2018‘Exceptional event’ on the way as Storm Emma to clash with Beast from the East was last modified: February 28th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Beast from the EastNational Emergency Co-ordination Groupstorm emmawarningsweatherlast_img read more

Target asks customers not to bring guns to its stores

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. on Wednesday took a stand against customers who bring firearms into its stores.“This is a complicated issue, but it boils down to a simple belief: Bringing firearms to Target creates an environment that is at odds with the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to create,” John Mulligan, the company’s acting CEO, said in a statement.The matter became a surprising controversy for the Minneapolis-based retailer in recent months when activist gun owners in Texas and other states chose the company’s stores to demonstrate their belief in the right to openly bear arms.Texas and other “open carry” states allow people to carry guns unless directed by owners of private property to put them away. Many employers, retailers and other establishments post signs in those states prohibiting people from bringing guns onto their premises.While gun-rights activists chose Target as a venue to demonstrate their rights, other groups began to express concern about the presence of guns in its stores, particularly because they are frequented by families with small children. At Target’s annual meeting in Dallas, a small group of mothers staged a small demonstration asking Target executives to join other retailers in banning weapons from its stores.In his statement, posted on the company’s blog, Mulligan said, “Our approach has always been to follow local laws, and of course, we will continue to do so. But starting today we will also respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target, even in communities where it is permitted by law.”last_img read more