A Status Orange wind warning was in place for Cork on Saturday, October 31, in preparation for Storm Aiden, thankfully The Avondhu area avoided major damage or disruption, with contingency plans put in place by the local services.

The following day, November 1, saw a status yellow rainfall warning issued from 9am for Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Tipperary and were expected to bring accumulations of 25mm to 40mm and some localised flooding.

Further wind warnings were also issued as Met Éireann put in place a Weather Advisory valid from the night of Friday, October 30 until 6pm Monday, November 2 as the series of vigorous Atlantic weather systems pass close to Ireland.

In the aftermath of the storm, reports came in of a tree down outside Brookville estate in Glanmire, leaving one lane of traffic impassible.

Reports also came in of trees down in Glanworth along with dangerous conditions on surrounding roads.

The arrival of Storm Aiden saw Cork County Council close the L1226 Killavullen and R621 Longfields roads in Mallow due to dangerous conditions and elements of flood barriers were also put in place in Fermoy in preparation for high wind and rainfall.

It also saw the closure of local amenities and facilities for the duration of the storm, such as Doneraile Wildlife Park.

Spells of heavy rain lead to surface water and flooding in coastal areas of Cork and left much of The Avondhu circulation area windy and stormy with some severe gusts during the time period.

Saturday morning saw strong southerly winds veering south-westerly which are understood to have reached mean speeds of 65 to 80km/h with severe and damaging gusts of 100 to 130km/h. In coastal areas, a Status Orange Marine Gale Warning resulted in winds of up to gale force 8 or 9 on Friday night.

Property owners, residents, and visitors were advised to prepare for a dangerous weather event, to protect property and to avoid unnecessary journeys and stay indoors during the weather warning periods.