Updated: 27/02/18 : 06:44:09
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Shoppers panic buy ahead of 'Beast from the East'

Shoppers across the country have cleared supermarket shelves as they stock up on groceries ahead of Storm Emma.

As the 'Beast from the East' starts to bite blizzard-like conditions are set to sweep the country this week with temperatures plunging to -10C. The weather is set to be severe and disruptive. Met Éireann has warned people to prepare but not to panic.

The forecast has raised fears that people could be left housebound over the next few days and it appears that shoppers are already taking precautions to ensure that they're not left without the essentials.

Independent.ie
reports that bemused shoppers have been sharing photos of bare shelves in supermarkets as people panic buy ahead of Storm Emma.

It is believed that Sligo and the north west should escape the worst of the storm conditions. The average temperature in Sligo this morning is -3c.

Dunnes Stores have been advising customers that sales have been affected by weather conditions as shoppers share images on Twitter of the near-empty shelves in branches across the country.

They have advised that they will have a delivery of fresh fruit, vegetable and bread products arriving in stores this evening.




















Panic buying saw bread shelves stripped bare across the country.

Tesco Ireland has advised customers that they're "working closely with suppliers" to ensure that have extra stock in store tomorrow.

The supermarket said the measure is in place to cater for customers who may be doing their weekly shop early to prepare for worsening weather conditions later this week.

"From tomorrow we’ve worked with our bread suppliers to ensure 20pc more availability of fresh bread and we are also increasing the number of instore bakes to satisfy higher customer demand," a spokesperson for Tesco told Independent.ie.

'Increasing stock'

"We’re also increasing stock levels of fresh produce, including milk, with extra deliveries arriving this evening and throughout tomorrow."

Tesco has also encouraged customers to check in on elderly or vulnerable neighbours to ensure they have sufficient essential items for Storm Emma.

The supermarket is working with their partner FoodCloud to redistribute surplus food donations this week to 300 community groups that may face challenges in collecting food donations this week.

Meanwhile, Met Eireann has issued two weather warnings, a status yellow and a status orange warning. However, it warned that the orange alert could escalate to a status red as conditions worsen later in the week.

The status orange snow-ice warning is in place for Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Laois, Louth, Wicklow and Meath until 11am on Wednesday.

A status yellow snow-ice warning is in place for Longford, Kilkenny, Wexford, Offaly, Westmeath, Cork, Tipperary and Waterford until 11am on Wednesday.

A status yellow low temperature is in place for the entire country until midday on Tuesday.