National authorities have shared advice for the next two days which will see parts of the country battered by tropical Storm Lorenzo.
Met Éireann forecasts as of 3pm Thursday say the critical hours for wind are between 6-7pm on the west and south-west coast to 3-5am throughout the rest of the country.
They have also forecast that there will be over 50mm of rain in western and northern areas over the course of Thursday and Friday.
The Orange warning – the second most serious that can be issued by Met Éireann – applies to Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick.
“Southwesterly winds veering westerly will reach mean speeds 65 to 80km/h with gusts generally of 100 to 130km/h, higher in coastal regions," according to the national forecaster.
Advice from national authorities for people ahead of the arrival of Storm Lorenzo are as follows:
- "Stay back, stay high, stay dry"
- "Expect the unexpected".
- Monitor Met Éireann forecasts for your area, as well as your local authority website
- Heed safety warnings and err on the side of caution
- Keep your Eircode to hand as it is helpful in times of emergency
- Very strong winds could make driving conditions hazardous, especially for cyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and high-sided vehicles
- Check vehicle tyres and turn lights on
- Do not drive through any flooded areas
- If trees fall, avoid touching it as live wires could be there too
- Steer clear from coastal areas eg cliffs, harbours, marinas, piers, rivers, lakes
- Charge phones and powerbanks and check batteries in torches as power cuts are likely
- If power goes, use LED candles, not real ones
- Have your Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN) to hand when contacting ESB Networks. The MPRN starts with the digits 10 and is shown on the bill from your electricity supplier
- Check for any loose roof tiles and put away or tie down any loose items in gardens
- Clear loose debris from gutters and drains to avoid blockages. Trim any bushes or small trees that could cause damage
- Know where to switch off electricity, gas and water supplies
- Check on isolated or vulnerable neighbours and family members