Weather Warning Update

October 16, 2017 / News
Weather Warning Update

In preparation for the impact of Storm Ophelia, the council has agreed the following closures as precautionary measures in the interests of our customers and staff. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Bin Collections

Bins Collections will cease at 12noon today, please ensure your bin is secure.  We will advise as soon as possible when missed bins will be collected.

Recycling Centres

Recycling Centres will close today from 12noon.

Parks and Open spaces

All parks and outdoor facilities, including play parks, football pitches and cemeteries will close today from 12noon and will remain closed until inspections are carried out tomorrow.

Leisure, Community Centres & Town Halls

All Leisure and Community Centres including Town Halls will close today from 12noon.  The aim is to reopen tomorrow (Tuesday) morning when inspections are carried out.

Births, Deaths and Marriages

All registration services will close today at 12noon.  The service will reopen tomorrow, if you have an appointment for today this will be rescheduled tomorrow.

Tourism and Visitor Facilities

All tourism and visitor facilities will close today from 12noon including FE McWilliam Gallery, Market Place Theatre, Navan Centre, Visitor Information Centres and Armagh County Museum.

Update at 10am


The Council is working with multi-agencies in preparation for the storm.

Bin collections will go ahead today (Monday 16 October) as planned, please ensure your bins/boxes are secure.

There may be disruption to council services, we will provide regular updates to advise you of any affected services.

Find out more about strong winds warning power and travel advice

Information issued by the Executive Office:

The Met Office has issued a series of weather warnings for strong winds for tomorrow and Tuesday.

These include an amber wind warning for Northern Ireland for Monday as ex-Hurricane Ophelia passes through. This alert will be in effect from 15:00 to 22:00.
The Department of Education has advised that all schools should close tomorrow (Monday 16 October). This is entirely precautionary, however given the weather warnings and the fact that the most severe weather is forecast for when pupils are due to be leaving school, the Department believes that this is an appropriate response.

A regional meeting of multi-agency emergency responders met this evening to discuss a co-ordinated approach in light of the latest Met Office assessment. Key statutory agencies will continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds and are prepared to respond as appropriate.
It is important members of the public take care to protect themselves and their property from the effects of the strong winds. It is also likely that there will be some disruption to traffic and travel. For information on traffic and travel go to the TrafficwatchNI website
More detailed information on keeping safe and useful contact numbers is available on the nidirect website.

The public are reminded to monitor the Met Office forecasts for their area and to be aware of the weather conditions and to heed safety warnings.

Emergency responders will continue to monitor this developing situation and issue further information as appropriate.

Members of the public should note the following numbers in case of emergency:
  • Emergency services – 999 or 112
  • Housing Executive – 03448 920 901
  • Northern Ireland Electricity Networks – 03457 643 643
  • NI Gas Emergency Service – 0800 002 001
  • Northern Ireland Water Waterline – 03457 440 088
  • Flooding Incident Line – 0300 2000 100