Wicklow Weather has upgraded their weather warning to ‘severe’ as Hurricane Ophelia powers towards Ireland.
The Aughrim based forecaster has said that Wicklow is likely to experience a high impact storm with destructive winds across the County and high storm surge along the Wicklow coast which will be 1.5m at peak of storm.
Speaking today, they said that only essential travel should be taken on Monday.
“Latest data suggest #OPhelia will make landfall in Ireland as an extratropical powerful cyclone with hurricane force winds from “approx” 5am on Monday morning with a storm surge of 2m.
“Our advice is to prepare your home/property/business this evening and tomorrow. We expect widespread power outages across the country with widespread travel cancellations, delays and reroutes due to fallen tree’s and debris from buildings.”
They also advise people to ensure all mobiles, laptops are fully charged and to call in on elderly neighbours to see if they need help securing items in their properties tomorrow in advance of the system.