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Sunday 22 October 2017

Motorists warned of fallen trees and debris as extreme wind and rain hits Ireland

Two weather warnings issued

Heavy rain and wind is set to hit Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Heavy rain and wind is set to hit Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Catherine Devine nd Denise Calnan

A status yellow weather alert has been issued to warn drivers to exercise caution on the roads, as extreme winds are set to hit.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is asking road users to exercise caution while using the roads over the next 36 hours as Met Éireann has issued a yellow wind warning.

Dublin, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Waterford are expected to be worst affected.

AA Roadwatch have already issued a warning to motorists this morning about a fallen treen on the Rahan Rd approx 6km outside of Tullamore.

The tree is not completely blocking the road but motorists are being warned to approach the area with care.

For commuters in the capital, there are reports of an incident on the M7 Limerick/Dublin road after J10 Naas South on the northbound carriage. Traffic is slow on approach, according to AA Roadwatch. Furthermore, the N11 northbound is busy from J12 Newtownmountkennedy to J9 Glenview with reports of a crash between J10 and J9.

Neither of these incidents are believed to be linked to the weather conditions.

Winds with speeds up to 65 to 80 km/h are forecast with gusts of 90 to 110 km/h expected at times.

Met Éireann has also issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rain with 30-50mm expected for Cork and Kerry over the course of Thursday and Friday morning.

They are forecasting heavy showers in the south-west tomorrow with highest temperatures between 7 and 9 degrees.

"It will be cold tomorrow night with frost," a spokesperson told Independent.ie.

"Coming into the weekend, it will be cold and bright on Saturday with highest temperatures of between 5 and 8 degrees.

"It will rain for a time in most places on Sunday and it will turn less cold as the day goes on.

"The afternoon will have temperatures of between 7 and 9 degrees."

Monday is set to be wet and windy and it's expected to be unsettled in the early days of next week. 

The RSA is asking road users to check local weather and traffic conditions and be aware of the conditions before setting out on a trip.

The RSA has the following advice for 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
  • Allow extra space between you and vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists
  • Drive with dipped headlights at all times
  • Check tyres and consider replacing them if the tread depth is below 3mm.
  • It takes longer to stop in wet conditions so slow down and leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front
  • Take special care when driving behind goods vehicles as they generate a considerable amount of spray which reduces your visibility
  • Be aware of the danger of aquaplaning especially on roads with speed limits of 100 km/h and 120 km/hs

Advice to Pedestrians, Cyclists and motorcyclists;

  • Be seen. Wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt.
  • 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.
  • Walk on a footpath, not in the street. Walk on the right hand side of the road, facing traffic if there are no footpaths.

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