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Published on October 13th, 2017 | by Nick Fitzgerald

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Motorists Advised To Slow Down In Anticipation For Ophelia

The AA are warning motorists to prepare for the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia passing through Ireland next week.

High winds and heavy rain are expected for Monday.

The warning comes after Met Éireann issued a Status Yellow Weather Warning:

The weather warning will remain in place from 06:00 on Monday, October 16th until 06:00 Tuesday, October 17th.

Conor Faughnan of AA Ireland said:

“Whether Ireland feels the full force of Ophelia or not it’s important for motorists to prepare themselves for the worst. Stormy conditions are a real danger as not only do gale force winds make maintaining control of the vehicle more difficult, but heavy rainfall can also greatly increase your stopping distance.

“This kind of weather can also really impact on a driver’s visibility so it’s important to drive with extra caution and be on the lookout for vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and pedestrians who opt to brave the stormy conditions.”

The AA also advises motorists to give their car a quick once-over to help them avoid an unexpected breakdown.

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