Following Met Éireann’s Status Orange Weather Advisory fClare County Council is warning members of the public in County Clare to avoid exposed coastal locations from this Thursday evening through to Friday afternoon due to forecast stormy conditions.
Strong winds associated with the storm, named Callum under the Met Éireann / UK Met Office storm naming system, coinciding with high spring tides will affect Ireland on Thursday night and Friday morning.
Winds will be strongest overnight and early on Friday, gusting between 110 and 130 km/h at coasts. High seas along the Clare coastline, including the Shannon Estuary, will bring a risk of coastal flooding.
Wind Warnings have been issued for Storm Callum for Thursday night and Friday morning.
Orange level for coastal counties, Yellow level inland.
Warning info: https://t.co/b24grJkqcb#StormCallum pic.twitter.com/amkehhcOYS
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) October 10, 2018
Clare County Council has indicated that any coastal areas which have previously flooded are at risk and people in such situations are advised to take appropriate precautions.
Members of the public are advised to refer to local media and Clare County Council’s social media accounts (www.instagram.com/clarecountycouncil / www.twitter.com/clarecoco / www.facebook.com/clarecountycouncil).
Visit www.winterready.ie for more information on preparing for storms and other inclement weather.
Status Orange Warning: @ClareCoCo is advising the public to exercise caution due to forecasted high spring tides/strong winds on Thu night & Fri morn. @MetEireann is forecasting strong winds associated with Storm Callum, coinciding with high spring tideshttps://t.co/29i8XTgFus pic.twitter.com/R8W4Jiobpw
— Clare County Council (@ClareCoCo) October 10, 2018
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is also asking road users to exercise caution while using the roads on Thursday night and Friday morning.
The RSA is asking road users to check local weather and traffic conditions and be aware of the conditions before setting out on a trip.
The RSA has the following advice for road users:
- Beware of objects being blown out onto the road. Expect the unexpected.
- Watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road
- Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds. High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds
- Allow extra space between you and vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists
- Drive with dipped headlights at all times
Advice to Pedestrians, Cyclists and motorcyclists:
- Be seen. Wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt.
- Take extra care when crossing the road or cycling in extremely windy conditions as a sudden gust of wind could blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle.