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^ I'm sure it is at least a factor, as it is with increases in homelessness, patients on trolleys, and so on.

I blame the majority of people. They see public spending as a Bad Thing and vote accordingly. Whereas, if I look back with a squinty eye over two hundred years of history, I see we've moved from abject poverty to incredible wealth, and most of that wealth is in centrally-organised public spending.

It's the roads and railways and water supplies and street lighting and law enforcement and health service and the many less obvious things - like planning laws and employment laws and food standards and flood control and preservation of parks and old buildings - these are what make our lives so much better.

How sad that they are undervalued, and we don't make them as good as they could be.
 

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Storm Jorge warnings issued nationwide ⚠

Warnings - Met Éireann - The Irish Meteorological Service

Status Orange - Wind warning for Galway, Mayo, Clare and Kerry
Some severe winds expected during Saturday associated with Storm Jorge (Hor-hay). Southwest quickly veering west and later northwest will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80km/h with gusts of 110 to 130km/h, possibly higher in very exposed areas with an elevated risk of coastal flooding.
Valid: 06:00 Saturday 29/02/2020 to 03:00 Sunday 01/03/2020
Issued: 11:00 Thursday 27/02/2020


Status Orange - Wind warning for Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo
Some severe winds expected during Saturday associated with Storm Jorge (Hor-hay).
Southwest quickly veering west and later northwest will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80km/h with gusts of 110 to 130km/h, possibly higher in very exposed areas with an elevated risk of coastal flooding.
Valid: 12:00 Saturday 29/02/2020 to 03:00 Sunday 01/03/2020
Issued: 11:00 Thursday 27/02/2020


Status Yellow - Rainfall warning for Munster, Connacht and Donegal
Rainfall accumulations of 20 to 30mm expected during Friday and Saturday generally but 40 to 50 mm in parts of Kerry, with a continuing risk of flooding due to already saturated ground and elevated river levels.
Valid: 00:01 Friday 28/02/2020 to 23:59 Saturday 29/02/2020
Issued: 11:00 Thursday 27/02/2020


Status Yellow - Wind warning for Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Roscommon, Cork, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford
A band of very strong winds, associated with storm Jorge (Hor-hay) will extend across the country during Saturday morning and persist through the rest of the day and into the night.
Southwest veering westerly winds of mean speeds 50 to 65km/h with gusts of 90 to 110km/h expected.
Valid: 09:00 Saturday 29/02/2020 to 03:00 Sunday 01/03/2020
Issued: 13:39 Thursday 27/02/2020
 

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The UK, Ireland and The Netherlands take it in turns to name the storms. This time I'm assuming it was the Dutchies' turn. What is strange is that the prepared name was going to be Jan.
 

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The UK, Ireland and The Netherlands take it in turns to name the storms. This time I'm assuming it was the Dutchies' turn. What is strange is that the prepared name was going to be Jan.
Maybe they thought that having Storm Jan in Feb would be confusing.

Although if we stick to the ladies names we could have had Storm April in December, Storm Jan in Jan, Julie in Feb, June in March and - if required, Storm May in May.
 

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Maybe they thought that having Storm Jan in Feb would be confusing.

Although if we stick to the ladies names we could have had Storm April in December, Storm Jan in Jan, Julie in Feb, June in March and - if required, Storm May in May.
Silly. They'd have to be in both alphabetical and chronological order. :p
 

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All I know in my neck of the woods it's been so wet and windy this winter.......but then we are well above sea level so it hasn't affected us that much.....just feel for the low lying areas.
 

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Storm Jorge warnings updated, now Status Red & Orange Wind Warnings nationwide ⚠

Warnings - Met Éireann - The Irish Meteorological Service

Status Red - Wind warning for Galway and Clare
Very severe winds associated with Storm Jorge (Hor-hay) on Saturday.
Westerly winds will reach mean speeds of 85 to 100km/h in places on Saturday afternoon with gusts of 130 to 145km/h, with an elevated risk of coastal flooding.
Valid: 13:00 Saturday 29/02/2020 to 16:00 Saturday 29/02/2020
Issued: 16:00 Friday 28/02/2020


Status Orange - Wind warning for Galway, Mayo, Clare and Kerry
Some severe winds expected during Saturday associated with Storm Jorge (Hor-hay). Southwest quickly veering west and later northwest will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80km/h with gusts of 110 to 130km/h, possibly higher in very exposed areas with an elevated risk of coastal flooding.
Valid: 06:00 Saturday 29/02/2020 to 03:00 Sunday 01/03/2020
Issued: 11:00 Thursday 27/02/2020


Status Orange - Wind warning for Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo
Some severe winds expected during Saturday associated with Storm Jorge (Hor-hay).
Southwest quickly veering west and later northwest will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80km/h with gusts of 110 to 130km/h, possibly higher in very exposed areas with an elevated risk of coastal flooding.
Valid: 12:00 Saturday 29/02/2020 to 03:00 Sunday 01/03/2020
Issued: 11:00 Thursday 27/02/2020


Status Orange - Wind warning for Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Roscommon, Cork, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford
Severe winds associated with Storm Jorge (Hor-hay) on Saturday.
Westerly winds will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80km/h for a time on Saturday afternoon and early evening with gusts of 110 to 120km/h, possibly higher in very exposed areas.
Valid: 13:00 Saturday 29/02/2020 to 19:00 Saturday 29/02/2020
Issued: 16:00 Friday 28/02/2020


Status Yellow - Rainfall warning for Munster, Connacht and Donegal
UPDATE:
Rainfall accumulations generally between 20 to 30mm expected during Friday and Saturday, but 40 to 50 mm possible in mountainous areas, with a continuing risk of flooding due to already saturated ground and elevated river levels.
Valid: 00:01 Friday 28/02/2020 to 23:59 Saturday 29/02/2020
Issued: 11:00 Thursday 27/02/2020
Updated: 19:48 Thursday 27/02/2020


Status Yellow - Wind warning for Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Roscommon, Cork, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford
Strong winds associated with Storm Jorge (Hor-hay) on Saturday.
Southwesterly winds of mean speeds 50 to 65km/h on Saturday morning with gusts of 90 to 110km/h expected.
Valid: 09:00 Saturday 29/02/2020 to 13:00 Saturday 29/02/2020
Issued: 13:39 Thursday 27/02/2020
Updated: 16:09 Friday 28/02/2020


Status Yellow - Wind warning for Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Roscommon, Cork, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford
Strong winds associated with Storm Jorge (Hor-hay) on Saturday.
Westerly winds of mean speeds 50 to 65km/h on Saturday evening and early Saturday night with gusts of 90 to 110km/h expected.
Valid: 19:00 Saturday 29/02/2020 to 23:59 Saturday 29/02/2020
Issued: 16:00 Friday 28/02/2020
 
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