County Carlow’s Inter Agency Severe Weather Response Group (IASWRG) have met this afternoon in Carlow County Council Major Incident Coordination Centre in Carlow Town as Hurricane Ophelia makes its way closer to Ireland.
Carlow County Council has assessed its level of preparedness and has put in place, arrangements for the onset of Ophelia for tomorrow when it is due to hit Ireland’s coasts and inlands.
The Inter Agency coordination team remain on alert and are monitoring developments of the storm.
Carlow County Fire & Rescue Service will mobile appropriate resources and services when required to do so. The county’s fire service advises members of the public, property owners and businesses to plan for the severe weather expected.
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Loose items such as bins, unsecured hoarding and signage should be secured in advance of the storm. There is a high risk of fallen trees, branches and other debris due to high winds and if power cables are found to be down, people are advised not to go near them and to alert the ESB immediately.
Carlow Gardaí are advising motorists to take care on their journeys and to drive to the current conditions they find themselves in. Vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists are urged to take particular care and be extra vigilant in exposed areas. Road users are also asked to be visible to other road users.
Carlow’s IASWRG has said further updates for the Carlow region will be posted on the council’s social media channels and via local media.