2018 News

02 January 2018

Road Safety Alert: Orange and Yellow Weather Warnings for Storm Eleanor

The Road Safety Authority (RSA), is asking road users to exercise caution while using the roads over the between 4pm and 9pm this evening as Met Éireann have issued orange and yellow weather warnings for strong winds.

An orange weather warning is in place for Munster, Leinster and South Galway from 4pm until 9pm today with southwest to west winds with mean speeds of 65 to 80km/h and gusts of 110 to 130km/hr expected as Storm Eleanor moves in off the Atlantic. Very high seas along Atlantic coasts mean there will be a risk of coastal flooding.

A yellow weather warning is also in place for Ireland with southwest to west winds with mean speeds of 55 to 65 km/h with gusts of 90 to 110km/hr expected between 4pm and 9pm tonight.

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
  • Drivers should allow extra space allow between themselves and vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists as they may be blown off course by strong winds.
  • Drive with dipped headlights at all times

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.

For advice on severe weather driving tips, please see severe weather advice on the RSA website or check out theRSA Facebook and Twitter pages.

Please also see our new severe weather warning videos created in collaboration with Teresa Mannion here. See advice with advice for driving in strong winds here.

For more weather updates, visit Met Eireann’s website: www.met.ie


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