As Storm Ophelia approaches Ireland, Met Eireann has confirmed that a Status Red Weather Warning applies to a number of counties, including County Wexford.

Wexford’s Emergency Response Services has offered the following advice to the public in relation to tomorrow’s forecasted extreme weather:

· Avoid all unnecessary travel

· All Schools in County Wexford are strongly advised to remain closed


· Stay away from coastal areas

· Road users should pay particular attention to the risk posed by fallen trees and flying debris. In the event of road closures, follow the diversion signage.

· Given anticipated weather conditions, tomorrow should be a no bike day.

· Power outages are likely, with contingency planning activated by the ESB. The ESB is advising the public to stay away from fallen cables that may have broken due to the high winds. ESB Emergency Services can be contacted at 1850 372 999.

· Remove patio furniture, rubbish bins and any loose items from around buildings – these can be turned into missiles by the wind.

· If possible, check in on isolated and vulnerable neighbours today in advance of the oncoming severe weather conditions and again after the worst of the event has passed.

· Listen to local radio and national media broadcasts regarding the current weather situation. Visit www. wexfordcoco.ie for updates.

Wexford’s Major Emergency Development Committee meets again tomorrow morning and will review preparations.

In the meantime, the advice to the public is simple – by being prepared, sensible and careful, everybody can stay safe.

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