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Advice issued to Waterford public as Storm Diana approaches

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Advice issued to Waterford public as Storm Diana approaches

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is asking Waterford road users to exercise caution while using the roads on Wednesday as Met Éireann has issued an orange weather warning for strong winds for Ireland as Storm Diana approaches.

Waterford is among the counties that will be most affected.

Storm Diana south to southwest winds of 65 to 80 km/h will gust 110 to 130 km/h. High seas are also expected with a risk of coastal flooding from 6am to 2pm. 

The RSA is asking Waterford road users to check local weather and traffic conditions and be aware of the conditions before setting out on a trip.

There is additionally a nationwide yellow weather warning for Wednesday as gale force winds with south to southwest winds of 55 to 65 km/h gusting 90 to 110 km/h from 5am to 4pm. 

RSA advice for road users

Beware of objects being blown out onto the road. Expect the unexpected.
Watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road.
Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds. High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds.
Allow extra space between you and vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists.
Drive with dipped headlights at all times.

RSA advice to pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists

Be seen. Wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt.
Take extra care when crossing the road or cycling in extremely windy conditions as a sudden gust of wind could blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
Visit the RSA for more information and and Met Eireann for weather updates.