Wednesday 20 September 2017

Wind warning issued for the country with gusts of up 100km/h expected

'The greatest risk is in Cork, where high tides are predicted until Friday' (stock photo)
'The greatest risk is in Cork, where high tides are predicted until Friday' (stock photo)

Ralph Riegel and Denise Calnan

A wind warning has been issued nationwide and will be in effect until tomorrow morning.

Motorists are being warned of wind-blown debris which could affect their safety on the roads.

AA Roadwatch are also warning drivers to be mindful of pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

Met Éireann issued the Status Yellow Wind Warning for the whole country.

Forecasters are predicting a windy day with gusts of up to 100km/h and spells of rain and drizzle, expected to be heavy at times.

Strong southerly winds will veer southwest this evening, but they will continue to be strong and blustery.

Flooding

Motorists and householders have been warned about the risk of flooding in southern and eastern areas due to high spring tides.

The greatest risk is in Cork, where high tides are predicted until Friday.

The highest tides are forecast between 8am and 9.30am and 7pm and 8.30pm today.

Cork County Council's severe weather analysis team urged the public to be aware of the likelihood of high tides with the greatest water heights expected in the south and east of the county.

The greatest impact of the high tides is expected to be felt by motorists due to the likelihood of floods on low-lying roads, particularly in parts of Cork city and Cork harbour.

Residents and traders in low-lying properties have been urged to take all necessary precautions.

Gardaí have urged people not to park vehicles along low-lying quays, while motorists have also been asked to allow extra time for rush-hour journeys.

Irish Independent

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