MET Éireann has issued an orange weather alert for Limerick and is warning of high winds when Storm Barney hits Ireland this afternoon.
The alert, which comes into effect at midday, warns of the likelihood of gusts of up to 125kph until 9pm today.
Met Éireann says west to southwest winds will reach mean speeds of between 60 and 75kph during the day.
Limerick City and County Council is advising members of the public to avoid travel where necessary due to forecast storm force conditions.
“It is important that members of the public pay attention to Met Éireann’s advisory as this weather system has the potential to deliver Storm Force 10 winds to Limerick for a period during the afternoon to early evening,” said a spokesperson for the local authority.
“Members of the public are advised to remain indoors where possible during the storm and to stay away from rivers and other water bodies.
“The Council is on full alert and will respond to emergencies as they arise or as it is safe to do so,” the spokesperson added.
Gardai have also appealed to all road uses to “exercise extreme caution” on the roads this afternoon and evening in light of the weather warning.
“With high south westerly winds forecast motorists are advised to slow down, maintain a safe driving distance and always expect the unexpected,” it said, noting that the warning was in place for Limerick until 9pm this Tuesday.
“Gardaí are advising drivers of high sided vehicles, motorcyclists and cyclists who are particularly vulnerable to strong winds to take extra care. Road users are advised to contact local Gardaí if they come across any fallen or falling debris across the road network.”
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