As parts of the country awaken to another day of flooding and gale force winds, one man has expressed bemusement at reports of the extreme weather conditions currently battering the island.
“There’s been none of any of that around here” said Thomas Leavy from Kells, Co. Meath. “It was a bit windy earlier in the day alright, but nothing like you see on the coast. You see reports telling us that we’re in for the most ferocious storm in years, but you go outside and it’s grand”.
This is not the first time Mr. Leavy has noticed a difference in weather conditions in news reports and weather conditions outside his front door.
“Back when there was the snow a few years back, the news boys were showing impassable roads and communities left totally isolated. Nothing of the sort! Round here you could come and go as you please. It was nippy alright, but nothing a vest wouldn’t sort out. Sometimes I think them lads doing the news just report the weather in one part of the country, not taking into account the fact that some communities don’t get flooding or high tides or things like that”.
When asked what advice he would give to people in areas expressing concern about volatile weather projections, Mr. Leavy offered the following;
“It mightn’t be as bad as they’re showing it on the telly. Sometimes they’ll show cars stuck in water up past the bonnet or a lads going from house to house in a dinghy delivering groceries to stranded people. That could just be in one part of the country, not where you are yourself. If you need to go down the shops or to mass, go on ahead, you’ll be grand”.
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