Friday 19 January 2018

Met Eireann issues ‘Orange Alert’ and urges public to stay indoors where possible as Storm Barney takes hold

A man struggles with his brolly on Dublin’s Sean O’Casey Bridge
A man struggles with his brolly on Dublin’s Sean O’Casey Bridge

As gale-force winds batter large parts of the country, motorists are being asked to stay off the roads as Met Eireann warns worse weather is to come.

The south-west of the country is bracing itself for the gusty arrival of Storm Barney.

Met Eireann has issued a ‘Orange Alert’ weather warning for Dublin, Wicklow, Galway, Kerry, Clare, and Limerick, saying these regions can expect gust speeds to reach upwards of 100-125 km/hr along the coast this Tuesday afternoon.

These ferocious winds will continue throughout the day, hovering around 70 km/h inland, and will turn eastwards early tonight.

A status yellow warning has also been issued for Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Wexford, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath, Cork, Tipperary and Waterford.

Speaking to Independent.ie, a Met Eireann spokesperson said the 'Orange Alert' will come into force in the late afternoon and evening for Dublin and Wicklow, and will remain in place for counties Galway, Clare, Limerick and Kerry for the foreseeable future.

“We are getting the front end of Storm Barney and its affecting mostly the southern half of the country.

“The winds will peak in early afternoon with the southern counties definitely feeling it.”

A scattering of showers in the west is expected to extend to all parts of the country by midday, the Met said.

Limerick City and County Council have warned residents to avoid travel where necessary this afternoon and evening.

A statement from Limerick Council reads: "It is important that members of the public pay attention to Met Éireann's advisory as this weather system has the potential to deliver Storm Force 10 winds to Limerick for a period during the afternoon to early evening.

"Members of the public are advised to remain indoors where possible during the storm and to stay away from rivers and other water bodies."

Paul Moroney, Senior Engineer for Clare County Council added: "County Clare is likely to be affected to a greater extent than most other areas with the impact extending for a considerable distance inland through the afternoon.

"Our advice is to defer any planned road journeys during this period and to take special care in coastal and exposed areas."

AA RoadWatch is also advising motorists to take precautions “normally appropriate during such weather conditions”, asking drivers to be mindful of pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists this afternoon.

“Wind blown debris is likely to be a problem on secondary routes in particular.

“High sided vehicles are particularly vulnerable on open or exposed roads.”

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