Council Advises People To Take Precautions As Storm Ali Approaches

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KERRY County Council’s Severe Weather Assessment Team met today to review the Status Orange Wind Warning issued earlier today for Kerry and 12 other counties by Met Eireann.

The team has advised members of the public, motorists and property owners to be prepared for high winds overnight and tomorrow morning in particular.

Extreme care should be taken during the morning work and school commute and particularly in coastal areas and higher ground owing to high winds.

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All motorists should drive with extreme care, allow extra time for journeys and watch out for fallen branches and debris on roads. There may also be a risk of fallen trees.

Property owners and businesses should take all reasonable precautions to secure any loose items of furniture, hoardings and signage, particularly after the prolonged period of fine weather over the summer months.

Storm Ali will track close to the west and northwest coast from the early hours of Wednesday morning until late afternoon.

South to southwest winds veering westerly will increase to mean speeds between 65 and 80 km/h with gusts between 110 and 120 km/h for a time in some areas.

Winds strongest along Atlantic Coasts at first and later in the morning extending further east. The Orange warning is valid from 5am to 1pm tomorrow but a Yellow warning is in place until 5pm on Wednesday.

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