Posted By Cormac Sheridan ~ 17th April 2013
Road Safety Weather Alert – Strong Winds
The Road Safety Authority (RSA), today April 17th 2013 is advising road users to take extra care when travelling on the roads today and tonight as Met Éireann is warning ofdamaging gusts from a south to southwest direction of up to 90 to 110 km per hour across Leinster and Munster, reaching as high as 130 km per hour in Kerry and along southern coasts later this evening.
Met Éireann has forecast very strong southerly winds developing today with severe gusts of 90 to 110 km/h over Munster, Leinster, Galway and Mayo. Strong winds will persist overnight and will be strongest along southern coastal areas.
The RSA is asking road users to take extra care in these strong winds and have issued the following advice:
- 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
- Monitor radio weather broadcasts while travelling
Advice to Pedestrians & Cyclists;
- Be seen. Wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt
- Take extra care when near traffic or crossing the road in extremely windy conditions as a sudden gust of wind could blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
- Walk on a footpath, not in the street. Walk on the right hand side of the road, facing traffic if there are no footpaths