Sunday 25 March 2018

Hold on to your hats: Met Eireann have issued three yellow wind warnings

Winds are expected to reach up to 100km/h today

Winds with speeds of up to 100kph are predicted today
Winds with speeds of up to 100kph are predicted today

Amy Molloy & Ed Carty

Three status yellow wind warnings have been issued to seven counties across the country.

The warnings were put in place by Met Eireann yesterday evening and come into effect today.

Donegal, Galway, Kerry, Mayo, Sligo , Leitrim and Clare are the counties advised to be on alert.

Winds will increase with gusts of up to 100km/h for the Connacht counties and the warning is in place from 10am until 6pm this evening.

Walkers brave the winds at Dún Laoghaire
Walkers brave the winds at Dún Laoghaire

In Clare and Kerry, gusts are expected to reach 90km/h.

Meanwhile, Met Eireann says Donegal will be the county worst affected as winds will be strongest off the Northwest coast.

The yellow status warning will remain in place there until 9pm tonight.

Transport chiefs have urged extreme care on the roads after weather warnings were issued.

Exposed parts of the north west coast are expected to be worst affected, but the Road Safety Authority also urged motorists in counties along the Atlantic seaboard to be cautious.

Some 126 people have been killed on the roads this year, 19 more than in the same period last year.

Officials statistics showed 19 pedestrians, 12 motorcyclists and nine cyclists are among those killed in road accidents.

A spokesman for the RSA said drivers should be aware of the risk of objects being blown on to the road and for fallen trees, branches and other debris lying in their path.

Advice also included being aware of the dangers from other road users swerving to avoid objects.

The RSA said cross winds may create additional problems, particularly for his sided vehicles - with counties Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Mayo, Galway, Clare and Kerry hardest hit by the high winds and rain.

And with an increased number of pedestrians and cyclists on the streets in Dublin because of the bus strike, the authority also urged drivers to give them extra room.

Road users on foot or bike were also advised to wear bright clothing and take extra care when crossing or to walk on the right if there are no footpaths.

Elsewhere, rain will begin to clear eastwards later in the day and strong south winds will start to moderate, with highest temperatures of 16 to 18 degrees.

Tonight will be generally dry with long clear spells and lowest temperatures of 7 to 11 degrees.

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