Munster and south Leinster set to be worst effected by storm Ophelia

Andrew Cummings
October 17, 2017

With ex-hurricane Ophelia approaching, people have been warned of significant disruption to some travel services, while gardaí have urged people to avoid unnecessary travel. Some flooding expected also, due to heavy thundery downpours and storm surges in coastal areas.

"At present, it looks as though gusty east to southeast winds will strengthen to storm force in the southwest by early afternoon, with strong gales developing along southern, eastern and some western coasts during the afternoon and evening". Top temperatures of 15 to 19 degrees.

A spokesman said: "Due to updated information received from Met Eireann and the National Emergency Coordination Committee on the ongoing adverse weather conditions, Dublin Bus is not in a position to resume services this evening. This is an evolving situation and your patience is appreciated".

The company is apologising the for any inconvenience caused but says the safety of passengers and employees is the utmost priority.

For parents, this means that their children will not attend school tomorrow in any area where there is a status red wind alert already announced or announced in the intervening time.

Ex-Hurricane Ophelia is forecast to track directly over Ireland during daytime today.

Brian Farrell, Communications Manager with the RSA, said cyclists need to be particularly careful.

"We're hoping there will be no loss of life by tomorrow, that's the main objective".

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