The Road Safety Authority (RSA), is advising road users to exercise caution while using the roads today as Met Eireann has issued Orange weather warnings for strong winds and risk of coastal flooding for most of the country due to storm Brendan.

Met Eireann issued an orange weather warning for Connaught, Donegal and Kerry from 5am to 9pm on Monday 13 January, as storm Brendan moves Northwest the southerly winds will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80 km/h with gusts generally up to 130 km/h, higher in exposed areas.

 A second orange weather warning is in place for Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Clare, Cork, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford from 8am to 3pm today,  as southerly winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 70 km/h with gusts of 100 to 120 km/h, higher in exposed areas.

 There is a significant risk of coastal flooding due to the combination of high spring tides and storm surge

The following advice is being given to motorists:

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

Beware of objects being blown onto the road

Watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road.

Drivers should allow extra space between themselves and vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and motorcyclists.

Drive with dipped headlights at all times.

If the road ahead is flooded choose another route, do not attempt to drive through it.

Road users should always follow recommended routes and obey signs closing roads to traffic.

After going through water, drive slowly with your foot on the brake pedal for a short distance - this helps to dry the brakes.

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