Hurricane Ophelia is expected to be the most severe weather event to hit Ireland in over fifty years according to Met Eireann and An Garda Síochana have warned against cycling tomorrow.

The statement from the Gardaí stated that: “People living in areas where a Red level weather warning has been issued should not make any non-essential journeys. There should be no cycling in RED zones and avoid where necessary elsewhere.”

Earlier today, eight counties in the south and west of the country had been issued with status red warnings with the rest of the country on amber alert. This red level has now been extended to all counties.

In addition, the statement from the Gardaí also stated that: “the drivers of high sided vehicles and motorcyclists should also be aware of the extreme danger posed by gale force winds as they are particularly vulnerable.”

According to the warning issued from Met Eireann on Sunday 15 October at 8:00pm: “Ex-Hurricane Ophelia is forecast to track directly over Ireland during daytime Monday. Violent and destructive gusts are forecast with all areas at risk and in particular the southwest and south in the morning, and eastern counties in the afternoon. Also heavy rain and storm surges along some coasts will result in flooding.”



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