As Storm Barra struck, violent gusts at speeds of more than 150 km/h disrupted daily life in Ireland and Scotland and caused power outages.
The Atlantic storm, which broke earlier in week, ravaged numerous areas of the UK, Ireland, and the United States for at least two consecutive days. Dubbed the “Weather bomb” by forecasters, it cut off power for at least 38,000 homes and businesses, flooded dozens of properties, caused structural damage, and downed trees.
As hurricane Barra continues to impact the country, we ask you to make sure that your garden furniture/patio and trampolines is secure. If left unattended, these objects can pose a serious threat to traffic and the public.#StormBarra#StaySafepic.twitter.com/tvsLJ7WtYu
— Garda Info (@gardainfo) December 7, 2021
The Irish Meteorological Service warned of “Life-threatening Situation.”
The storm’s severe and destructive winds struck while the UK was still reeling from Storm Arwen. Barra’s strongest gusts reached a speed of 156kmh (97mph) off the coast of west Cork in the Republic of Ireland. Average wind speed was about 110kmh (68mph).
Storm Barra, captured by Fastnet team of Irish Lights. Safety is crucial, especially in difficult weather conditions. Our technicians are skilled in electrics, electronics and mechanics. #StormBarrapic.twitter.com/yKX18VTSC1
— Irish Lights (@IrishLights) December 7, 2021
The announcement of red and orange weather warnings prompted school and childcare facility closings across many parts, including Dublin. It was advised that people should stay indoors and avoid the coasts.
However, despite warnings of the weather bomb’s threat, emergency teams received reports of storm-watchers even in status red areas.
Others took the storm, named for Barra Best in Ireland’s weather forecaster, with a smile.