A “status orange” weather warning will come in to effect on Monday at 9am as Ireland prepares for the arrival of Hurricane Ophelia.
While the hurricane is expected to change form and have the effect of a tropical storm as it passes through, there is still a risk of power outages and some structural damage.
Forecasters predict that the midlands will experience the worst of the storm between 11am and 6pm with gusts of up to 140kph possible.
While we can hope that the impact of the storm is weaker than some forecasts suggest, it is still a good idea to prepare yourself and any vulnerable family members and neighbours for the worst – just in case.
- If you have elderly relatives or neighbours, make sure they have any medication they may need and ensure they have a working torch
- Everyone should ensure that they have a reliable torch and that emergency telephone numbers are within easy reach
- Forecasters recommend that you do not go out in the storm unless you have to, but if you are out and about, beware of flying debris and the potential for strong gusts
- It should go without saying, but if you notice a damaged power line, DO NOT TOUCH IT! Please report it immediately to ESB Networks on 1850 372 999
- If you come across fallen trees or heavy debris on local routes, please call Westmeath County Council for advice 044 933 2000 and / or the local garda patrol on 086 858 3049.
- The emergency hotline number is 1850 372 999 and this is available 24/7
- It is useful to have your 11 digit MPRN to hand when calling as this will help the operator pinpoint where the fault is. You can find this number on your bill.
- Known outages will be shared on the ESB Power Check Website
Wet and windy conditions can have a major impact on braking speeds. Please drive at a suitable speed, beware of debris on the road and allow additional distance between yourself and other vehicles.
Connection permitting, I will post any notified local updates on the Delvin Westmeath Facebook Page. Feel free to message me via that page if you come across hazards on local routes or you experience a power outage.
Stay calm and stay safe!