The Road Safety Authority is asking drivers to exercise extreme caution this evening while weather warnings are in place.

A Status Orange wind warning has been issued for county Cork, which will come into effect at 6 o'clock tonight and last for three hours.

There'll be average winds of around 65 to 80 kilometres per hour, but gusts could reach speeds of up to 120 kilometres at times.

 Meanwhile, a status yellow wind warning is currently in place for the rest of the country, and is set to last until 3am tomorrow morning.

 The following advice is being given to motorists:

 

  • Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds. High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds.
  • Beware of objects being blown onto the road. Expect road conditions to change quickly in high winds so reduce your speed.
  • Watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road.
  • Drivers should allow extra space allow between themselves and vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and motorcyclists as they may be blown off course by strong winds.

 

 

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