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Be careful out there: Met Eireann issues two weather warnings

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
Warnings: High winds are expected in much of the country
Warnings: High winds are expected in much of the country

Met Eireann have issued two weather warnings in anticipation of some fairly high winds.

The guys over at the National Meteorological Service issued the alerts today which are valid from tomorrow morning into Saturday. 

A status 'orange' alert was issued for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick. This is in place from 6am on Friday until midnight on Saturday. 

"A period of very windy weather will begin on Friday morning and will continue until later on Saturday evening", Met Eireann said.

"Southwesterly winds reaching mean speeds of 65 to 80 km/h and gusts of 110 to 130 km/h likely. High ground and exposed coasts will be most at risk."

A lesser 'yellow' wind warning was issued for Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Roscommon, Tipperary and Waterford. This is also in place from 6am on Friday until midnight on Saturday. 

"A period of very windy weather will begin on Friday morning and will continue until later on Saturday evening", Met Eireann said. 

"Southwesterly winds reaching mean speeds of 50 to 65 km/h and gusts of 90 to 110 km/h likely. High ground and exposed coasts will be most at risk."

The Road Safety Authority are advising motorists and pedestrians to be careful over the coming days. 

They are advising road users to:

  • Beware of objects being blown out onto the road and to expect the unexpected. In particular 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 around vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists as they may be blown off course by strong winds.
  • Watch out for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
  • Road users should always follow recommended routes and obey signs closing roads to traffic.
  • Pedestrians should 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.
Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists are advised to be seen. Wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt.
 
Pedestrians should also walk on a footpath, not in the street. Walk on the right hand side of the road, facing traffic if there are no footpaths.