Disruption to milk collection expected as farmers brace for hurricane
Farmers warned to wait until the storm abates to check livestock
Farmers across the country are bracing for extreme weather this morning as storm Ophelia moves across the country.
Although the weather phenomenon is now officially classed as an ex-hurricane, Met Éireann have explained that although the conditions of the hurricane have changed, the power of the wind will not have changed when it hits Ireland.
Ophelia has been classed as a post-tropical cyclone but she is expected to bring hurricane force winds to Ireland from 9am.
Ireland’s largest milk processor Glanbia has warned that the weather conditions may cause some disruption to milk collection in some areas over next 24 hours.
Farmers have been warned to ensure that any equipment they have is secured.
Coillte would like to remind the public to be vigilant for fallen trees and to contact emergency services if any roads or access routes are blocked by fallen trees.
The Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed has urged farmers, fishermen and people in rural areas to be extra vigilant and take precautions.
The Minister was speaking after the Committee on Emergency Planning meeting this morning at which his Department was represented.