Storm Callum is on its way

Story by Ann Casey

Thursday, 11th October, 2018 5:38pm

Storm Callum is on its way

Meath is set to take a battering by strong winds and rain as Storm Callum makes its way across the country tonight.
Met Eireann has issued an orange storm warning predicting gusts of between 100 and 130km/h. 
The orange warning for Meath is in place from midnight tonight until 9am tomorrow morning.
Meanwhile schools and colleges have been told they should stay closed tomorrow, if there is a risk to safety.
The Department of Education has released a statement telling institutions to "err on the side of caution".
The statement said: "Schools and all education centres (universities, IoTs and further education centres) in areas affected by a status orange alert should remain vigilant, and keep themselves appraised of any hourly and other updates from Met Éireann, and from their local authorities, local radio, and an Garda Síochána."

"In all events, and if in any doubt, schools should err on the side of caution. Schools are empowered to make closure decisions if, in their judgment in the interests of child safety, it is prudent to do so. Any and all decisions about school closures will be informed by, as well as prevailing and predicted conditions, any damage that might have been caused to school buildings overnight or at any time during the storm, and whether such damage, - where it exists, - might present a risk to child safety. 

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has issued a statement asking drivers and other road users to exercise caution as Storm Callum approaches Ireland.
The Road Safety watchdog advises road users to check local weather and traffic conditions and be aware of the conditions before setting out on a trip.
"Beware of objects being blown out onto the road. Expect the unexpected. 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. High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds
"Allow extra space between you and vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists. Drive with dipped headlights at all times"