15th October 2017
Issued:Sunday 15 October 2017 2345
Valid:Monday 16 October 2017 06:00 to Monday 16 October 2017 23:59
MET Eireann has issued the following wind warning for Ireland; "Ex-Hurricane Ophelia is forecast to track directly over Ireland during daytime Monday. Violent and destructive gusts are forecast with all areas at risk and in particular the southwest and south in the morning, and eastern counties in the afternoon. Also heavy rain and storm surges along some coasts will result in flooding. There is potential risk to lives."
The following useful numbers may be helpful in the event of you needing assistance - Emergency Contacts
An Garda Síochána (on Twitter @GardaTraffic) has this evening (Sunday) noted the status RED warning extended across the country. Haulage companies and drivers of high sided vehicles take note. See http://www.garda.ie
Council operated facilities:
Due to the status red weather alert all County Council Parks, Libraries, Recycling Centres, Sports and Community Facilities will be closed to the public on Monday 16th October.
Please note the following advice;
1. All unnecessary travel should be avoided on Monday while the storm is passing.
2. Don’t travel in Red level warning areas during the height of the storm unless absolutely necessary, and take due care if travelling in all other areas. Listen to local radio and national media broadcasts regarding the current weather situation.
3. High seas predicted, the public are advised to stay away from coastal areas during this period.
4. Very strong winds are predicted making driving conditions hazardous, especially for the more vulnerable road users, e.g., cyclists, pedestrian’s, motorcyclist and high sided vehicles. Road users should pay particular attention to the risk posed by fallen trees and flying debris.
5. Given anticipated weather conditions, tomorrow should be no bike day.
6. Power outages are likely to occur in certain parts of the country, with contingency planning activated by the ESB.The ESB is advising the public to stay away from fallen cables that may have broken due to the high winds. ESB Emergency Services can be contacted at 1850 372 999.
7. Bus Éireann’s schools transport services will not be operating in counties covered by Red level warnings. Because of the duty of care owed to children and to avoid the risk arising from travelling, the Department of Education and schools is instructing all schools to act on the Departments advice and remain closed. Crèches and Montessori facilities should also remain closed tomorrow.
8. People are asked to check in on isolated and vulnerable neighbours today in advance of the oncoming severe weather conditions and again after the worst of the event has passed. 9. People are advised to remove patio furniture, rubbish bins and any loose items from around buildings, which can be turned into missiles by the wind.
Please keep safe