Storm Emma: Tipperary fire service keeps 12 stations on standby

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Storm Emma: Tipperary fire service keeps 12 stations on standby

Tipperary Fire and Rescue Service attend the scene of a fallen tree outside Clonmel

All 12 fire stations and crew in Tipperary remain on standby in the wake of Storm Emma.

Chief fire officer with Tipperary County Council Dave Carroll told the Tipperary Star that the service had responded to seven call outs during Storm Emma and the unprecedented snow fall over the past 24 hours.

Most of those call outs were chimney fires but the service also responded to ambulance assists, he said.

"People are staying put and we are keeping an eye on things," he said.

He advised motorists to stay off the roads, saying, "just because the ploughs are out, it doesn't mean that roads are passable".

Meanwhile, with the Status Red alert ongoing until 9am on Saturday, Roscrea Gardai are advising people not to make unnecessary journeys.

It was still snowing in the area at 9.45pm this Friday.

"The roads are treacherous around Roscrea. It is a risk to life to drive," said a spokesperson.