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Irish weather forecast: Road Safety Authority issues warning to drivers before 130km/h winds hit

Irish Mirror logoIrish Mirror 11/03/2019 John Patrick Kierans
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The Road Safety Authority has issued a warning to drivers as 130 km/h winds get ready to batter Ireland this week.

Met Eireann has issued a Status Orange weather warning as Storm Gareth prepares to hit on Tuesday.

Two Status Yellow wind and rain warnings are also in place ahead of the expected 130km/h gusts.

The orange alert has been issued for place for four northwest counties that will be hit by the worst of the extreme weather.

smoke coming out of the water: Rain and high winds are on the way (Stock) © Credits: Getty Rain and high winds are on the way (Stock) Irish weather forecast: Met Eireann issue Status Orange weather warning as Storm Gareth approaches with gusts of 130km/h expected.

Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo and Mayo are covered by the caution, which will begin at noon on Tuesday and run until 9am on Wednesday.

Weather experts have also issued two Status Yellow warnings as wind and rain looks set to lash Ireland.

A nationwide wind alert will be in place from 12pm on Tuesday until 12pm on Wednesday.

Meanwhile a separate rainfall notice has been issued for ten counties on the west coast with up to 25mm of rain expected to fall.

The warning begins at 6pm on Monday and will run until 6am on Tuesday, and covers Connacht, Donegal, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick.

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The RSA is now 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.

When driving in wet conditions, drivers are reminded that:

  • It takes longer to stop a vehicle on wet roads so slow down and allow extra distance between you and the vehicle in front.
  • Take special care when driving behind goods vehicles as they generate a considerable amount of spray which reduces your visibility.
  • Allow extra space between you and vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists.
  • Be aware of the danger of aquaplaning especially on roads with speed limits of 100 km/h and 120 km/h.
  • Check tyres and consider replacing them if the thread depth is below 3mm.
  • Use dipped headlights at all times of poor visibility to ensure you are seen by other motorists.

With added risks posed by wet or flooded roads the RSA has the following advice:

  • If the road ahead is flooded choose another route, do not attempt to drive through it. Flooded roads that appear shallow could be deeper than you think.
  • After going through water, drive slowly with your foot on the brake pedal for a short distance - this helps to dry the brakes.
  • Road users should always follow recommended routes and obey signs closing roads to traffic.
  •  Watch out for washed out roads, earth slides, broken water or sewer mains, loose or downed electrical wires, and fallen or falling objects. 

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