Coast Guard advises caution during high winds

Monday 27 January 2014 12.07
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Forecasters have predicted wind gusts of up to 130km/h
Forecasters have predicted wind gusts of up to 130km/h
Met Éireann has said that winds of up to 85km/h had been recorded in places last night
Met Éireann has said that winds of up to 85km/h had been recorded in places last night
Declan Geoghegan of the Coast Guard urged people to stay away from the shoreline
Declan Geoghegan of the Coast Guard urged people to stay away from the shoreline
Sandbags have been put in place in exposed areas
Sandbags have been put in place in exposed areas

The Coast Guard is advising people to exercise extreme caution in coastal areas after Met Éireann issued a severe weather warning.

An Orange alert wind warning is still in place for counties Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Kerry and Limerick.

Forecasters have predicted wind gusts of up to 130km/h.

Gusts of 90km/h to 100km/h can be expected elsewhere.

Met Éireann has said that winds of up to 85km/h had been recorded in places last night.  

Declan Geoghegan from the Coast Guard said conditions along coasts will be extremely dangerous.

"In view of the weather forecast with very high winds, high seas and swells, we are advising people to remain away from exposed areas such as coasts, cliffs, piers, promenades and harbour walls.

"People have recently been taking photographs quite close to the shoreline, that is extremely dangerous," he added.

ESB repair crews have re-connected over 1,000 homes and businesses which have been without power due to adverse weather conditions.