Met Eireann has issued a Red Wind Weather Warning for Friday morning, February 18th from 3am-8am, as a result of Storm Eunice. Kerry County Council has issued the following warning:
Kerry County Council is strongly advising the public to stay indoors for the duration of the RED Wind Warning and not to travel.
Members of the public are advised against overnight travel, particularly in the early hours of Friday morning, when the RED Wind Warning is in place.
In particular, delivery companies, particularly those using high-sided trucks who would normally make deliveries during the early hours of the morning, are advised to consider their delivery times.
Power Outages Expected
The advice from Met Éireann is that this will be an intense and serious storm, of short duration but with a high potential to cause significant damage. Southwest winds veering northwest will reach mean speeds in excess of 80 km/h with gusts in excess of 130 km/h which could cause serious damage to property. Power outages are also expected as a result of the storms.
Tie Down Property
In addition, Kerry County Council is advising both homeowners and business premises to ensure all loose items around their property are tied down or stored away, as they could become dangerous projectiles in high winds.
This includes bins, signage, trampolines and other such items.
Strong Winds to Continue
It is important to note that even after the RED Wind Warning period is finished, an Orange Warning will apply as strong winds will continue to impact the county, so extreme caution is advised. In particular, coastal areas will be subject to high, gusting winds, so members of the public are advised to stay away from cliffs, coasts and piers.
Emergency Response Teams
Kerry County Council’s Emergency Response Teams are in place to deal with emergency events. Additionally, an Emergency Phoneline will be in operation for the duration of the storm: 066-71 83588.
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