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Ireland Road Safety Authority issues stark warning to motorists as Storm Atiyah hits this weekend

17:25  06 december  2019
17:25  06 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

Met Eireann issues Status Orange weather warning for eight counties as Storm Atiyah to batter Ireland

  Met Eireann issues Status Orange weather warning for eight counties as Storm Atiyah to batter Ireland 0

The Road Safety Authority (Irish: Údarás Um Shábháilteacht Ar Bhóithre), or RSA, is a state agency formed by the Irish Government to promote road safety within the Republic of Ireland. The agency has devolved control of much of the work of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.

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a car covered in snow: High winds start to build ahead of an Atlantic storm © Getty High winds start to build ahead of an Atlantic storm The Road Safety Authority is warning motorists to exercise caution this weekend as Storm Atiyah hits. 

Met Eireann has issued a Status Orange wind warning for eight counties as 130km gusts get set to batter parts of the country over the weekend. 

The alert will come into effect this Sunday with gale force winds and a strong possibility of flooding predicted. 

The national forecaster has warned of southwesterly winds which will later veer northwesterly and reach speeds of 65 to 80 km/h with gusts from 110 to 130km/h.

The Orange Warning is in place for Donegal , Galway , Leitrim , Mayo , Sligo , Clare , Kerry and Limerick and will begin at 9am on Sunday.

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A Yellow Weather warning is also in place for strong winds for Leinster, Cavan , Monaghan , Roscommon , Cork , Tipperary and Waterford from 3pm Sunday until 6am Monday.

The RSA is asking the public to remember that an orange warning means "infrequent and dangerous weather conditions, which may pose a threat to life and property."

They are asking road users to note the following when driving:   

  • Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds. High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds 
  • Beware of objects being blown onto the road. Expect road conditions to change quickly in high winds so reduce your speed 
  • Watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road 
  • 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 
  • Motorists should also be aware that cyclists may need more road space than normal due to flooding, fallen debris and wind gusts. Give them plenty of space to navigate any obstacles that may be in front of them 
  • Drive with dipped headlights at all times 
  • 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. They may also have trees or branches that have fallen that may not be visible 
  • Road users should always follow recommended routes and obey signs closing roads to traffic, and 
  • After going through water, drive slowly with your foot on the brake pedal for a short distance - this helps to dry the brakes.

Advice to Pedestrians, Cyclists and motorcyclists  

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The Road Safety Authority has advised road users to exercise caution on roads while the warnings are in place. It has asked motorists to check traffic conditions and to expect the unexpected, and advises pedestrians and cyclists to wear bright clothing and take care on roads .

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is urging road users to exercise caution while using the roads on Wednesday with "severe and potentially damaging Met Éireann has issued an orange weather warning for strong winds for Ireland as Storm Diana approaches. The counties that will be most

  • In areas affected by the Orange Warnings pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists should consider delaying or cancelling any planned trip 
  • In other areas they should keep safe by making sure you can 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, where possible and not in the street. If there is a footpath and it is safe to use, look out for falling debris from above, especially in urban areas 
  • Walk on the right hand side of the road, facing traffic if there are no footpaths, and 
  • Cyclists should ensure that they and their bike are visible to other road users by investing in a good set of front and rear lights (white at the front, red at the back) and by wearing clothes that help you be seen on your bike such as bright and light reflective items.

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