The Department of Education have announced all schools and colleges across the entire country are to close tomorrow.
MET Eireann have issued a Status Red wind alert for the entire country.
Wicklow County Council wishes to warn the public of potential dangers from the arrival of Storm Ophelia which will cross the county from early on Monday morning. (Oct 16th)
In anticipation of this, Wicklow County Council wishes to advise the public as follows:
· All unnecessary travel should be avoided on Monday while the storm is passing.
· Listen to local radio and national media broadcasts regarding the current weather situation.
· High seas predicted, the public are advised to stay away from coastal areas during this period.
· Very strong winds are predicted making driving conditions hazardous, especially for the more vulnerable road users, e.g., cyclists, pedestrian’s, motorcyclist and high sided vehicles. Road users should pay particular attention to the risk posed by fallen trees and flying debris.
· Given anticipated weather conditions, tomorrow should be a no bike day.
· Power outages are likely to occur in certain parts of the country, with contingency planning activated by the ESB. The ESB is advising the public to stay away from fallen cables that may have broken due to the high winds. ESB Emergency Services can be contacted at 1850 372 999.
· People are asked to check in on isolated and vulnerable neighbours today in advance of the oncoming severe weather conditions and again after the worst of the event has passed.
· People are advised to remove patio furniture, rubbish bins and any loose items from around buildings, which can be turned into missiles by the wind.
The public are again reminded to monitor Met Éireann forecasts for their area and to be aware of the weather conditions and to heed safety warnings. Information is available across social media platforms and other traditional media sources.
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