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Saturday 18 November 2017

Warning issued to commuters as gale force winds set to hit overnight

Winds with speeds of up to 120kph are predicted tonight
Winds with speeds of up to 120kph are predicted tonight

Irish motorists have been asked to take additional care on the roads as strong to gale force winds are expected to develop overnight.

The warning, issued by the Road Safety Authority (RSA), comes as Met Éireann forecasts the potentially hazardous weather.

Winds with speeds of up to 120kph are predicted tonight with the regions of Connacht, Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal worst affected.

The RSA have issued the following advice to all motorists:

• 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

• Monitor radio weather broadcasts while travelling

Pedestrians & Cyclists have also been given advice:

• Be seen. Wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt

• Take extra care when near traffic or crossing the road 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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