Status Red – Wind warning for Kerry
Met Éireann has upgraded the weather warning in Kerry to a code red, the most severe weather warning.
It says northwesterly winds, associated with Storm Hannah, will reach mean speeds in excess of 80km/h with violent gusts of 130 to 150 km/h in places this evening between 6 and 8 o’clock.
Kerry motorists are asked to avoid travelling during the peak of the weather alert.
Storm Hannah was already forecasted to bring very strong winds to the county between 4.00pm today and 5.00am tomorrow.
The Kerry Severe Weather Local Coordination Team – which includes council management, Kerry Fire and Rescue Service, An Garda Síochána, Kerry Civil Defence and the HSE – met this morning to make preparations.
Motorists are asked to avoid travel during the peak of the storm and, if travelling, should take extreme care on all routes and be mindful of the likelihood of fallen trees and branches and fallen power lines.
Any power outages should be notified to ESB Networks on 1850 372 999.
An Garda Siochana are urging members of the public to avoid walking or cycling in exposed coastal areas and on high ground for the duration of the warning, as winds will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80km/h with gusts of up to 130km/h.
Other emergencies can be reported to Kerry County Council’s Emergency Line on 066 71 83 588 throughout the duration of the weather event.