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Road Safety Weather Alert – Orange and Yellow Weather Warnings for Storm Babet

Severe weather 16.10.2023

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is asking road users to exercise caution while using the roads Tuesday and Wednesday as Met Eireann has issued Orange and Yellow Weather Warnings with heavy rain forecast as Storm Babet is due to hit Ireland.

There is an Orange Rainfall Warning for Cork, Kerry and Waterford which comes into effect from 6am tomorrow until 6am on Wednesday. Spells of heavy rain and blustery east to southeast winds at times with possibility of localised flooding, poor visibility, difficult driving conditions and possible wave overtopping at high tide.

There are Yellow Rainfall Warnings for Clare, Limerick, Tipperary, Kilkenny, Wexford from 6am tomorrow until 6am on Wednesday and for Connacht from 12pm Tuesday to 12pm Wednesday.

Road users in areas affected by the Orange Warning for heavy rain are advised to check local traffic and weather conditions before setting out on a journey.

The following advice is being given to road users on foot of the weather warnings.

  • Drivers need to slow down and allow a greater braking distance between themselves and the vehicle in front in wet weather conditions. This is especially important on high speed roads such as dual carriageways and motorways where there is increased danger of aquaplaning.
  • Take special care when driving behind goods vehicles as they generate a considerable amount of spray which reduces your visibility, hold back to where you can see their mirrors.
  • If the road ahead is flooded choose another route, do not attempt to drive through it. Flooded roads that appear shallow could be deeper than you think. The verge may have subsided and there may also be trees or branches that have fallen that may not be visible.
  • Road users should always follow recommended routes and obey signs closing roads to traffic that have been put there by the local council or An Garda Síochána.
  • After going through water, drive slowly with your foot on the brake pedal for a short distance - this helps to dry the brakes.
  • Be Safe. Be Seen. Drive with dipped headlights at all times to ensure that you are visible and that you can see other road users.

Advice to Pedestrians, Cyclists and motorcyclists:

  • Walk on the right-hand side of the road, facing traffic if there are no footpaths.
  • Cyclists should ensure that they and their bike are visible to other road users by investing in a good set of front and rear lights (white at the front, red at the back) and by wearing clothes that help you be seen on your bike, consider wearing high visibility material.
  • Be Safe. Be Seen. Visibility and light is reduced in poor weather conditions. Keep safe by making sure you can be seen. Wear bright clothing and consider wearing high visibility material.

For advice on severe weather driving tips, please see severe weather advice on the RSA website or check out the RSA Facebook and Twitter pages.

Please also see our severe weather warning videos created in collaboration with Teresa Mannion 


See advice with advice for driving on flooded roads 


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