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Met Eireann has issued a status RED warning for Sunday night and early Monday due to Storm Debi with potential danger to life. The Red warning is for Clare, East Galway and South Roscommon from 3am – 5am Monday and for Offaly and Westmeath from 5am-7am Monday. The RSA is advising road users in areas affected by a RED warning not to travel during the storm window. Road users are also advised to check local traffic and weather reports before setting out on a journey once the red warning has passed as storm damage could impact routes.
There is an Orange Wind Warning for Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick, Longford, Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Tipperary, Westmeath, and Wicklow from 2am – 10am Monday. It will be unusually stormy on Sunday night and Monday due to Storm Debi with severe and damaging gusts and possible impacts are damage to exposed and vulnerable structures, dangerous travelling conditions, disruption to services, damage to power lines and fallen trees/branches.
Road users in areas affected by the Orange Warning are advised to check local traffic and weather conditions before setting out on a journey. In extreme Weather conditions please heed the warnings of your local authority and Met Eireann. Don’t make unnecessary journeys.
There is also a yellow wind and rain warning for Ireland from 12am – 3pm on Monday 13 November. It will be very windy or stormy on Sunday night and Monday, accompanied by heavy rain with a chance of embedded thunderstorms and hail.
The following advice is being given to road users on foot of the weather warnings.
- Drivers need to slow down and allow a greater braking distance between themselves and the vehicle in front in wet weather conditions. This is especially important on high-speed roads such as dual carriageways and motorways where there is increased danger of aquaplaning.
- Take special care when driving behind goods vehicles, as they generate a considerable amount of spray, which reduces your visibility. Hold back to where you can see their mirrors.
- If the road ahead is flooded, choose another route. Do not attempt to drive through it. Flooded roads that appear shallow could be deeper than you think. The verge may have subsided and there may also be trees or branches that have fallen that may not be visible.
- Road users should always follow recommended routes and obey signs closing roads to traffic that have been put there by the local council or An Garda Síochána.
- After going through water, drive slowly with your foot on the brake pedal for a short distance – this helps to dry the brakes.
- Be Safe. Be Seen. Drive with dipped headlights at all times to ensure that you are visible and that you can see other road users.
- Beware of objects being blown out onto the road. Expect the unexpected.
- Watch out for falling / fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road.
- Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds. High-sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds.
- Drivers should allow extra space between themselves and vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists as they may be blown off course by strong winds.
- Drive with dipped headlights at all times.
Advice to Pedestrians, Cyclists, and motorcyclists:
- Walk on the right-hand side of the road, facing traffic if there are no footpaths.
- Cyclists should ensure that they and their bike are visible to other road users by investing in a good set of front and rear lights (white at the front, red at the back) and by wearing clothes that help you be seen on your bike. Consider wearing high visibility material.
- Take extra care when crossing the road or cycling in extremely windy conditions, as a sudden gust of wind could blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
- Be Safe. Be Seen. Visibility and light are reduced in poor weather conditions. Keep safe by making sure you can be seen. Wear bright clothing and consider wearing high visibility material.
Please also see our severe weather warning videos created in collaboration with Teresa Mannion here.
For more weather updates, visit Met Eireann’s website: www.met.ie.