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Gardai warn of hazardous driving conditions as Storm Aiden hits Ireland

A walker pictured at the South Bull wall as high winds churn up the sea. Pic: Frank McGrath

A walker pictured at the South Bull wall as high winds churn up the sea. Pic: Frank McGrath

Niall Donald

Gardai have issued an appeal to the public to take care and "exercise caution" as ‘Storm Aiden’ hit the country this Halloween weekend.

Today, Met Éireann issued Status Orange and Status Yellow warnings which will come into effect from tomorrow at 5am.

It is expected that the heaviest impacts of 'Storm Aiden' will be felt along the coastal areas of Munster, Connacht and West Ulster.

Last night, a garda spokesman advised that all unnecessary travel should be avoided where orange level wind warnings are in place.

"These winds will make driving conditions hazardous, especially for more vulnerable road users such as cyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and high sided vehicles.

"Road users should pay particular attention to the risk posed by fallen trees, flying debris and flooded roads.

"High seas and wave activity will make coastal areas hazardous, the public are advised to stay away from coastal areas/cliff walks during this period.

"People are advised to remove or secure patio furniture, rubbish bins and any loose items from around buildings.

"We advise the public to regularly monitor Met.ie as regular updates will be provided throughout the weekend. "

Storm Aiden is predicted to batter to the country this weekend.

The weather event is expected to bring strong winds and gusts of up to 130 kmph starting in the south of the country from 5am.

The Status Orange comes into effect at 5am for Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, Cork, Kerry and Waterford and remain in place until 10am.

Winds associated with Storm Aiden will reach average speeds of 65 to 80 kmph, with severe and damaging gusts of 100 to 130 kmph.

A separate Status Orange wind warning for Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Clare will be in place from 8am to 4pm.

Met Éireann have also warned that there will be blustery conditions with heavy rainfall forecast for Sunday afternoon.

“We have issued warning this morning for Storm Aiden because it is going to give us some Status Orange level wind gusts in parts of Ireland tomorrow morning and afternoon,” said forecaster Liz Walsh.

“We have split the warning in two parts as we are expecting it to his southern and south eastern parts during the morning from 5 to 10am.

“Then from 8am we are looking at orange warning winds moving from Clare up to Donegal and that will increase gradually as the morning progresses.

“It might not reach the north until the afternoon but it will get to them, but in the south, it will be very windy from early morning.

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