The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has urged all road users to exercise “extreme caution” as red, orange, and yellow weather warnings have been issued in anticipation of Storm Debi. Met Éireann, the national meteorological service, has issued a status red warning for 14 counties, emphasizing the “potential danger to life” posed by the storm. A red wind warning is in effect for Clare, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, east Galway, and south Roscommon from 2:00 a.m. until 5:00 a.m. tomorrow (Monday, November 13). Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Louth, Meath, Wicklow, Offaly, and Westmeath are also under a status red wind warning, valid from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. tomorrow. Additionally, Met Éireann has upgraded its earlier wind warning for Cork from yellow to orange, stating that there will be “unusually stormy” conditions on Sunday night and Monday due to Storm Debi, with severe and damaging gusts expected between 1:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. tomorrow.
The RSA has advised motorists in areas affected by the red warning “not to travel during the storm window.” It also recommends that road users check local traffic and weather reports before embarking on a journey once the red warning has passed, as storm damage could impact routes. In preparation for Storm Debi, the RSA has issued several guidelines for road users, including: reducing speed and maintaining a greater braking distance in wet weather conditions; exercising caution when driving behind goods vehicles, as they generate significant spray that can impair visibility; choosing an alternative route if the road ahead is flooded; adhering to recommended routes and obeying road closure signs put in place by local authorities or An Garda Síochána; driving slowly with the foot on the brake pedal for a short distance after passing through water; ensuring visibility by driving with dipped headlights at all times; and being alert for falling debris and vehicles veering across the road.
In Northern Ireland, the UK Met Office has issued yellow and amber rain and wind warnings, cautioning that “heavy rain and strong winds associated with Storm Debi may bring disruption and flooding to parts of Northern Ireland on Monday.” The yellow alert will be in effect from 3:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. tomorrow (Monday, November 13).