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14.53 13 Oct 2017


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The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has issued a warning to road users amid concerns that parts of Ireland could be hit by the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia on Monday.

The storm is expected to weaken to a post-tropical cyclone as it moves northwards across the Atlantic.

Met Éireann has said there is still a "high degree of uncertainty" over the path of the storm.

However, forecasters here have for now issued a precautionary status yellow warning - saying that storm force winds, heavy rain and high seas are possible.

Warnings about the storm's potential path towards the UK & Ireland have also been issued by international organisations such as the US National Hurricane Centre:

This afternoon, the RSA is urging road users to exercise caution as the storm approaches Ireland.

The organisation is calling on drivers to "check national and local weather updates over the weekend and to also check local road and traffic conditions before making a trip".

It says drivers and cyclists should be aware that objects could be blown out onto the road unexpectedly, and they should also allow extra space between themselves and other road users.

Pedestrians & cyclists, meanwhile, are being urged to wear bright clothing in order to be seen in adverse conditions, and to take extra care when out walking or cycling.


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