Orange Weather warning has been issued for Ireland

NATURAL DISASTER WARNINGS

Met Eireann issued a Status Orange wind warning for 12 counties as Storm Aiden looks set to bring winds of up to 80km/h and violent, damaging gusts that could reach 130km/h.
Met Eireann has issued Orange wind warning for Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, Cork, Kerry and Waterford valid from 5 am until 10 pm on Saturday. From 8 am until 4 pm, Orange wind warning is issued for Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Clare.

How to stay safe

  • Take safe shelter immediately inside a sturdy building, away from windows, doors and electrical appliances.
  • If there is no shelter around you, stay away from trees
  • Avoid metal
  • Stay out of water
  • Do not use your cell phone during a thunderstorm
  • Floodwater is dangerous – never drive, walk or ride through floodwater
  • Floodwater is toxic – never play or swim in floodwater
  • Avoid landline telephones and unplug all unnecessary electrical appliances, as telephone lines and metal pipes conduct electricity
  • Do not go outside to repair damage while the storm is in progress
  • Open internal doors only as needed, and close them behind you

Safety Advice

How to prepare 

  • Postpone outdoor activities
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away and cause damage
  • Know your evacuation routes
  • Be aware of your location
  • Get Emergency supplies
  • Make a plan in case of disaster
  • Keep a list of emergency numbers handy
  • Make sure important documents are safe in waterproof containers
  • Be prepared for power outages
  • Charge your mobile phone to ensure you have a reception
  • Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area

How to stay safe

  • Take safe shelter immediately inside a sturdy building, away from windows, doors and electrical appliances.
  • If there is no shelter around you, stay away from trees
  • Avoid metal
  • Stay out of water
  • Do not use your cell phone during a thunderstorm
  • Floodwater is dangerous – never drive, walk or ride through floodwater
  • Floodwater is toxic – never play or swim in floodwater
  • Avoid landline telephones and unplug all unnecessary electrical appliances, as telephone lines and metal pipes conduct electricity
  • Do not go outside to repair damage while the storm is in progress
  • Open internal doors only as needed, and close them behind you

After 

  • Be careful not to touch any electrical/telephone cables that have been blown down or are still hanging
  • Do not walk too close to walls, buildings and trees as they could have been weakened
  • Avoid flooded areas
  • Check your home and property for damage.
  • Do not drive through affected areas unless it is necessary
  • Use the internet, radio and local media for news updates