Met Eireann issue Code level RED severe weather warning for Cork today
They are forecasting Stormy conditions during today, Wednesday 12th Feb, with Southerly winds of 60 to 70 km/h gusting to 120 km/h, veering westerly by late morning. Winds will increase 75 to 85km/h and will gust 130 to 160 km/h. High Seas also. Valid from 06:00 Wednesday 12-February-2014 until 15:00 Wednesday 12-February-2014.
UCC has in place a comprehensive pro-active tree management system in place designed to maintain the tree population of the campus in as good and safe a conditions as is practicable. It includes regular surveys by an experienced climbing arborist and removal of at-risk branches etc. Main campus has significant numbers of mature trees, in particular in front of the Boole Library and on the main avenue.
Similarly, we have a pre-active roof maintenance programme in place.
Despite the above precautions, a risk remains that in high winds, such as forecast for today, wind-blown debris may arise.
Until this Code Level RED Severe Weather warning passes, please take additional care as you transit from one part of Campus to another. Be aware of your surroundings and alert to the the potential for wind-blown debris. Please avoid passing through the areas close to mature trees where possible, do not seek long term shelter or linger around mature trees during these conditions because of the potential for branches to break and fall or in the worst case for whole trees to be wind-thrown.
Please report any issues to the Buildings Office helpdesk at ext 2480 or BEReception@ucc.ie