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Orange Weather Alert

Met Éireann has issued an orange weather alert across the country on Tuesday, and the public are being warned to expect thunderstorm activity along with widespread heavy and thundery showers .

Some of these will be intense thundery downpours and may lead to flash flooding in places as a result the Road Safety Authority (RSA) have urged road users to take extra care when using the roads.
The RSA has advised when driving in these wet and windy conditions it takes longer to stop a vehicle on wet roads and as such motorists should slow down and allow extra distance between you and the vehicle in front.
The roads authority also warns motorists to take special care when driving behind goods vehicles as they generate a considerable amount of spray leading to reduced visibility.
Motorists are also encouraged to allow extra space between them and vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists, and to drive with dipped headlights at all times.
The RSA has also reminded drivers to be aware of the danger of aquaplaning especially on roads with 100 km/h and 120 km/h speed limits.

Following heavy downpours the RSA has warned that this poses added risks to road users by way of flooding and advises if the road ahead is flooded choose another route and do not attempt to drive through it. Flooded roads that appear shallow could be deeper than you think.
It warns after going through water to drive slowly with a foot on the brake pedal for a short distance to help dry the brakes. It also advises motorists to watch out for washed out roads, earth slides, broken water or sewer mains, loose or downed electrical wires, and fallen or falling objects.
Meanwhile for those travelling by bicycle or on foot the advice is to be  seen by wearing a high visibility jacket or reflective armband. They are also encouraged to take extra care when near traffic or crossing the road in extremely windy conditions as a sudden gust of wind could blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

About Carol Byrne

Carol Byrne is a reporter at The Clare Champion newspaper reporting on news in the East Clare area and the arts. She also covers the courts in County Clare and has received four national awards for this coverage from the Law Society of Ireland. A Masters in journalism graduate of NUI Galway, she also holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Limerick in Music and Media Studies. She began her career interning at The Limerick Leader and Clare FM, before taking up a full time post at The Clare Champion in 2006.

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