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Monday 22 October 2018

130kph winds to batter city as Callum blows in

A windsurfer in choppy waters near the South Bull Wall
A windsurfer in choppy waters near the South Bull Wall

Gusts of up to 130kph are set to batter Dublin from tonight as Callum becomes the latest storm to reach Ireland - and it could pose a "risk to life and property", forecasters have warned.

People living in coastal counties are being advised to batten down the hatches, with Met Eireann issuing a Status Orange warning for 13 counties.

A Status Yellow warning has been put in place for the rest of the country. Met Eireann is advising people to stay away from exposed coastal areas when the weather warnings come into place tonight.

"An orange level warning is issued by Met Eireann for wind speeds with the capacity to produce dangerous, stormy conditions which may constitute a risk to life and property," a spokesperson said.

Cork and Kerry will be the first to be hit by the storm late tonight, with the other counties facing the orange warning at risk from midnight.

Among these are Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Dublin, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath and Waterford.

However, the latter six, along with Kerry and Cork, are expected to feel the effects only until 9am tomorrow. The other five counties will be hit by the storm until at least 2pm tomorrow.

Gusts will be between 100kph and 130kph during these periods.

"Along with a spell of heavy rain and high tides there is a risk of coastal flooding and damage," Met Eireann added.

Thundery

"The strongest winds associated with this event will occur during the night-time hours and Friday morning rush-hour commute.

"Even though the high winds will be the main concern, a spell of heavy and possibly thundery rain will occur too, making for an extremely windy and wet start, with squally conditions associated with the secondary cold front as it tracks north-eastwards up across the country."

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is urging drivers to exercise extreme caution over the coming days.

The RSA said that, with the significant risk of coastal flooding, motorists should not attempt to drive through flooded areas.

It is advising drivers to keep an eye on local weather and traffic reports and the conditions in their area, and has also issued a number of guidelines to take into account until the storm passes - particularly to expect the unexpected.

l Beware of objects being blown out on the road.

l Watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road.

l Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds. High-sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds.

l Allow extra space between you and vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and motorcyclists.

l Drive with dipped headlights at all times.

The authority has also been advising pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists to wear clothing with a reflective armband or belt.

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