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Squalls, hail and thunder on the way as Storm Abigail ravages the nation

NewsBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Squalls, hail and thunder on the way as Storm Abigail ravages the nation

Storm Abigail wreaked havoc through Ireland yesterday and according to Met Eireann we’re in for another day of it.

A Status Yellow weather warning is in place for the country with 40-55kmph southwesterly winds predicted and gusts of up to 100kph..

ALL COUNTIES: Met Éireann has issued a status yellow wind warning for all counties until 9pm tomorrow. For more, see https://t.co/xIOpAblVS1

— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) November 12, 2015

There is to be widespread showers with a risk of thunder and hail in some places as temperatures drop.

ALL COUNTIES: Met Éireann has issued a status yellow wind warning for all counties until 9pm tomorrow. For more, see https://t.co/xIOpAblVS1

— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) November 12, 2015

Temperatures are expected to be 7-10 degrees.

Winds will ease up later in the night as rain spreads across the country.

Yesterday gusts of up to 120kph were detected with Dublin Airport experiencing minor disruptions to their flight schedule.

The RSA also advises 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. 
  • Use dipped headlights at all times of poor visibility not parking/side lights and fog lights.

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 walk on a footpath, not in the street. Walk on the right hand side of the road, facing traffic if there are no footpaths.