All unnecessary travel should be avoided on Monday, is the Key Public Safety & Information Messages while the storm is passing…
You can track the progress of the storm right here on Kilmovee Info* below, please take heed to the advice and be prepared.
- 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.
- High seas predicted the public are advised to stay away from coastal areas during this period
- 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.
- Given anticipated weather conditions, tomorrow should be a no bike day.
- 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 1850372999.
- Bus Éireann’s school’s 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 Skills is instructing all schools to act on the Department‘s advice and remain closed. Crèches and Montessori facilities should also remain closed tomorrow.
- 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.
- 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.
The public is again reminded to monitor Met Éireann forecasts for their area and to be aware of the weather conditions and to heed safety warnings. Information is available across social media platforms and other traditional media sources.
The National Emergency Coordination Group is monitoring the situation and will meet again tomorrow morning, 16 October, to monitor the developing situation.
- Very high winds, flooding and structural damage predicted over next 48 hours
- Forecaster Evelyn Cusack: Weather event almost unprecedented for this country
- ‘People need to take this seriously’ – Minister Simon Coveney
- Status Red warnings extended to three more counties
- Schools told to close, and ESB on alert with winds of more than 130km/h expected Monday
- Met Éireann warns: Hurricane Ophelia will be the most severe weather event here for 50 years
- (*via windy.com)