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Dublin: 2 °C Thursday 18 January, 2018
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Careful out there: Motorists urged to watch out for flying debris in high winds

Gusts of up to 100 km/h are being predicted.

IMG_2343_censored A tree that fell on a car in Rathfarnham in Dublin. No injuries were reported. Source: TheJournal.ie

THERE’S A STATUS yellow wind warning in place across all Irish coastal counties today with gusts of up to 110 km/h to be expected.

Motorists in particular are being asked to exercise caution and be aware of the danger of flying debris.

Met Éireann says the winds will reach mean speeds of 55 to 65km/h and will continue into this evening. Winds will be strongest on eastern and southeastern coasts as the day progresses.

The wind will be matched by prolonged periods of rain, again most notably in the east and southeast.

The RNLI and Irish Coast Guard have also warned people to stay away from the water in seaside areas to avoid the risk of a sudden gust sweeping people into the sea.

“Irish weather can be unpredictable at the best of times and our lifeboat crews have answered many call outs where people have been caught out by the weather unexpectedly taking a turn for the worse,” according to RNLI’s Gareth Morrison.

We urge everyone to respect the water at all times and to keep safe and remind people not to underestimate the distance waves can travel up the beach or harbour wall. Although it can be tempting to get close, it isn’t worth risking your life to take photos or to dodge waves.

Flood warnings had already been in place in parts of Cork due to high tides and restrictions had been put in place but have since been lifted.

The spring tide warning remains in place, however, with sea levels at their highest at 9pm this evening and will be 8.00am and 9.30am tomorrow morning.

Read: Wind warning in place for the whole country >

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