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Hurricane Ophelia

To drive, or not to drive, that is the question

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Road conditions could be pretty dicey this weekend the tail end of Hurricane Ophelia rolls over the Clare coast.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA), is asking road users to exercise caution while using the roads over the weekend and on Monday, as Met Éireann has warned that storm-force winds, heavy rain, and high sea levels may be on the way.

The RSA is asking motorists to check national and local weather updates over the weekend and to also check local road and traffic conditions before making a trip.

Shakespeare's Ophelia
Shakespeare’s Ophelia

They advised road users to watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road.

Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds.

“It takes longer to stop a vehicle on wet roads so slow down and allow extra distance between you and the vehicle in front. Take special care when driving behind goods vehicles as they generate a considerable amount of spray which reduces your visibility
“Be aware of the danger of aquaplaning especially on roads with speed limits of 100 km/h and 120 km/h,” a spokesperson for the RSA said.

So instead of hitting the open road, it might be better to find a little Hamlet and settle in for the weekend.

Elaine has been a member of staff with The Clare Echo since its foundation in October 2017. The paper's first Chief Reporter, the Kilrush woman is now working as a sub-editor in our busy newsroom. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Limerick with a Masters in Journalism. Elaine briefly worked with the RTE Investigations Unit on the Standards in Public Office investigation before returning to Clare to continue her career as a reporter with the Clare People where she spent nine months as the West Clare correspondent and also covered the 2016 General Election and 2016 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

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