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08th Dec 2019

Gardaí urge caution as Storm Atiyah reaches climax

Carl Kinsella

man lost at sea

Atiyah is having a grand old time out there…

And it’s only going to get worse in certain parts of the country.

Earlier on Sunday (8 December), Met Éireann issued a Status Red warning for Kerry between 4pm and 7pm.

The western half of the country will also be buffeted by Status Orange-level stormy weather until 6am on Monday.

After that, there is a nationwide wind warning that will remain in effect until 1pm.

Here is a full breakdown of the details:

  • Status Red Wind Warning for Kerry which is valid from today, Sunday 8th December, 2019 at 4 p.m. to 7p.m. Winds will reach speeds in excess of 80km/h with gusts in excess of 130km/h for a time this evening.  Extreme caution is advised, especially near the coast and on high ground.
  • Status Orange Wind Warning for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick. Gusts of 110 to 130 km/h are expected, possibly higher in exposed coastal areas.
  • Status Yellow Wind Warning for Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Roscommon, Tipperary and Waterford. Winds will reach speeds between 50 and 65km/h with gusts between 90 and 110km/h.

Gardaí have urged caution and issued specific warnings to the public over the next 24 hours.

In a statement issued on Sunday afternoon, An Garda Síochána said:

“Cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians should be aware of the danger posed by high winds as they are particularly vulnerable.

“Drivers of high-sided vehicles should take all necessary precautions and pay attention to the warnings.

“We ask people living near coastal, cliff and waterway areas, particularly those with children, to be extra cautious considering the gusty winds forecast.”

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