Gardaí warning people not to make unnecessary journeys in anticipation of Storm Barra
More counties are expected to receive Status Red weather warnings.
An Garda Síochána has asked the public to exercise caution on Tuesday (7 December) as Storm Barra is set to cause damage this week.
Status Red weather warnings have been issued to Cork, Kerry, and Clare, with Status Orange warnings in place in Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Waterford, Galway, Mayo, Wexford, Dublin, Louth, Wicklow, and East Meath.
There is also concern that both Limerick and Galway could have their status increased to a Status Red weather warning. The Head of Forecasting at Met Éireann described the incoming storm as presenting a "danger to life", with flooding and other hazards expected.
In a statement to JOE, Gardaí shared the following advice to the public;
- All unnecessary travel should be avoided where Red and Orange level wind warnings are in place. These winds will make driving conditions hazardous, especially for more vulnerable road users such as cyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and high sided vehicles.
- Road users should pay particular attention to the risk posed by fallen trees, flying debris and flooded roads.
- High seas and wave activity will make coastal areas hazardous. The public are advised to stay away from coastal areas/cliff walks during this period.
- People are advised to remove or secure patio and garden furniture, rubbish bins and any loose items from around buildings.
- Those involved in building work should review hoarding and scaffolding in light of heavy rain and winds expected.
- Members of the public should stay away from any fallen power lines, members of the public should assume that they are live. If you see fallen or damaged wires, keep clear and phone ESB Networks immediately on 1800 372 999/021 238 2410
- People are advised not to park any vehicle in an area that may be prone to flooding.
- People who are considering recreation activities in waterways / coast line areas are asked to reconsider this, as it may result in Emergency Services being called to attend and diverting them from other issues.
- Local authorities will provide updated information on flooding and local conditions. People are advised to follow updated weather forecasts throughout the weekend.
The public is advised to regularly monitor Met.ie as updates will be provided throughout the next two days.