Road Safety Alert – Heavy Rainfall, Strong Winds and Risk of Flooding
Thursday 30 January 2013: The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is advising all road users to take extra care when using the roads as Met Éireann warn of an Atlantic storm depression that will track to the northwest of the country later Friday night and Saturday leading to strong winds, heavy showers and risk of flooding.
Met Éireann has issued a level orange alert this morning warning of strong southwest winds gusting 100 to 130 km/h, strongest across the Atlantic counties. Frequent heavy showers are promised, some thundery with sleet and snow for a time mainly on higher ground.
High coastal flood risk too due to the combination of very high spring tides, extremely high waves (greater than 10 m), low pressure and onshore winds – southwest, west and northwest margins most at threat.
The poor weather will create potentially hazardous conditions for road users. As such the RSA is advising drivers that;
- It takes longer to stop a vehicle on wet roads so slow down and allow extra distance between you and the vehicle
- in front, 4 seconds at a minimum (use the 2 second rule and repeat it twice).