Met Eireann announced an updated weather warning on Sunday evening ahead of the arrival of Ex-Hurricane Ophelia which is due to hit Ireland on Monday.
The Irish Meteorological Service warned that there is a potential risk to lives during the day on Monday.
Met Eireann reported: “Violent and destructive gusts are forecast with all areas at risk and in particular the southwest and south in the morning, and eastern counties in the afternoon. Also heavy rain and storm surges along some coasts will result in flooding.”
The Department of Education also confirmed that all schools and colleges will close on October 16.
All Schools,Colleges and other Education institutions closed tomorrow 16 October see https://t.co/IrcHWyyBKM
— education.ie (@Education_Ire) October 15, 2017
Gardaí are reminding motorists to avoid any journeys that are not necessary. A Garda spokesperson said: “There should be no cycling and drivers of high sided vehicles and motorcyclists should also be aware of the extreme danger posed by gale force winds as they are particularly vulnerable.”
“People living in coastal areas are also being warned of the risk posed by flooding from storm surge and the Coast Guard is requesting members of the public to avoid any visits or walks to coastal or cliff areas and waterways.”
It is expected that there will be “significant damage” caused by the winds created by Ex-Hurricane Ophelia passing over Ireland during the daytime tomorrow with fallen trees and downed power wires identified by Gardaí as potential risks.
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) October 15, 2017
Rough sleepers and homeless people in the Tallaght area are being urged to seek shelter ahead of the expected inclement weather with Tallaght Adventure World opening its doors on Monday night.
The status red weather warning is in place for Monday, October 16 from 6am to 11.59pm.