Authorities warn public to avoid a number of parks due to Storm Callum's impact
The Coast Guard and Gardaí have also released statements.
Due to the status orange wind warning that's currently in place for a variety of costal counties - as well as the yellow warning that's in effect for landlocked regions - the National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) has advised members of the public to not visit any National Parks, National Monuments or Nature Reserves whilst the status orange is in place during Storm Callum.
Furthermore, while these weather warnings are in place, all woodland areas of Wicklow Mountains National Park and Woodland Nature Reserves in Wicklow, Wexford and Kilkenny that are managed/owned by NPWS will be closed to the public.
This also includes Knocksink NNR and Glen of the Downs NNR.
Visitors are also asked not to visit Killarney National Park, Cork and Kerry Nature Reserves – including Glengarriff Nature Reserve – for duration of the status orange warning in Cork and Kerry.
The following National Parks and Nature Reserves will be closed on Friday 12 October:
- Coole-Garryland Nature Reserve (Galway)
- Derryclare Nature Reserve (Galway)
- Diamond Hill (Galway)
- Dromore Nature Reserve (Clare)
- Ellis Wood Trail (Galway)
- Knockma Wood (Galway)
- Laughil Wood (Galway)
- Oldhead Wood (Mayo)
- Wild Nephin/Ballycroy National Park (Mayo)
Elsewhere, the Coast Guard have urged the public to use common sense when they're near the coastline/open waters.
These sentiments were echoed by the Gardaí and the RSA as they stressed the importance of safety and vigilance.
The Coast Guard strongly advises the public to stay away from exposed beaches, cliffs and piers, harbour walls and promenades along the coast during storm conditions.
Remember to Stay Back, Stay High and Stay Dry! #StormCallum pic.twitter.com/2uapUAfT92
— Irish Coast Guard (@IrishCoastGuard) October 11, 2018