Status Orange Wind Warning To End Earlier Than Previously Reported

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THE Status Orange wind warning for Kerry will end earlier than previously reported by Met Eireann. Meanwhile, a Red Status Wind Warning has been issued for County Clare.

The warning for Kerry comes into effect from 4pm today until 1am on Saturday, not 5am as previously reported, although it will remain stormy for much of the early morning hours.

Northwesterly winds, associated with Storm Hannah, will reach mean speeds of 65-80 km/h with gusts of 110 to 130 km/h this evening/early tonight.

The update comes as Kerry County Council and the Gardaí have issued advice to the public in preparation for Storm Hannah

Gardaí say cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians should be aware of the danger posed by high winds as they are particularly vulnerable.

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Drivers of high sided vehicles should take all necessary precautions and pay attention to the warnings.

“We ask people living near coastal, cliff and waterway areas, particularly those with children, to be extra cautious considering the gusty winds forecast,” reads a statement form the Garda Press Office.

Meanwhile, the Kerry Severe Weather Local Coordination Team – which includes council management, Kerry Fire and Rescue Service, An Garda Síochána, Kerry Civil Defence and the Health Service Executive – met again this morning to make preparations ahead of the severe weather conditions.

They are also asking motorists to avoid travel during the peak of the storm. When travelling tomorrow, motorists should be mindful of the likelihood of fallen trees and branches and fallen power lines, particularly during Friday night and early on Saturday morning.

The Local Coordination Team is asking members of the public to take necessary precautions for high winds including securing items or property which are susceptible to high winds such as hoarding, signage, garden furniture and other items which may have been placed outdoors during the recent spell of fine weather.

The owners of properties where there are current construction works or items such as scaffolding, hoarding or cranes should secure all such items and materials which are vulnerable to strong winds.

Members of the public are advised to avoid walking or cycling in exposed coastal areas and on high ground for the duration of the weather warning.

Power outages should be notified to ESB Networks on 1850 372999. Any other emergencies can be reported to Kerry County Council’s Emergency Line on 066 7183588 throughout the duration of the weather event.

Where there is a significant emergency or risk to human life, members of the public should call 999.

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