Council Asks Public To Take Precautions As Storm Brendan Approaches

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KERRY County Council is asking the public to take necessary precautions in the light of Met Éireann issuing a Status Orange warning for wind for counties including Kerry.

The weather warning, issued yesterday, is in effect from 7am to 3pm on Monday, 13 January and Met Éireann says that as Storm Brendan tracks to the northwest of Ireland, southerly winds will reach mean speeds in Kerry of 65 to 80 km/h with gusts of 110 to 130 km/h, highest in coastal areas.

There is a significant risk of coastal flooding due to the combination of high spring tides and storm surge.

Kerry County Council’s Severe Weather Assessment Team has considered the weather warning and has asked members of the public to heed the following advice:

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· Members of the public should avoid exposed coastal areas during the weather warning

· For the duration of the severe weather event, motorists should take extreme care on all roads and be mindful of the strong likelihood of debris, fallen trees and branches, and fallen power lines.

· Property owners should secure items which are outdoors and which are vulnerable to high winds

Kerry County Council is closely monitoring the situation and will provide updates and further advisories through the local media and its social media channels as well as on its website, www.kerrycoco.ie

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