Storm Diana road safety alert issued as Met Éireann forecasts severe weather

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Storm Diana road safety alert issued as Met Éireann forecasts severe weather

Longford people issued with advice as extreme Storm Diana approaches

Commuters, people on school runs, pedestrians and other road users have been urged to take extreme care on the roads during Storm Diana's severe weather by the Road Safety Authority (RSA).

The advice and tips for motorists and pedestrians were issued after Status Orange and Yellow warnings has been issued for the entire country by Met Éireann.

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.

There is additionally a nationwide yellow weather warning for Wednesday as gale force winds with south to southwest winds of 55 to 65 km/h gusting 90 to 110 km/h from 05.00 – 16.00

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 crosswinds. 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.

For advice on using the road in severe weather, please see severe weather advice on the RSA website or check out the RSA Facebook and Twitter pages.

See video created in collaboration with Teresa Mannion with advice for driving in strong winds here.

Please also see suite of videos focusing on driving in severe weather here.

For more weather updates, visit Met Éireann's website: www.met.ie