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Met Éireann issues severe weather warning

Members of the public have been urged to heed the advice of the Coast Guard as Met Éireann has issued a severe weather warning, Level Red, to affect western and southern coastal counties tomorrow Monday with severe weather, storm force winds, very high seas and storm surges on all coasts tomorrow.

With the onset of Hurricane Ophelia the Coast Guard is requesting  members of the public to avoid any visits or walks to coastal or cliff areas. The storm is expected to be at its most severe from Monday morning with SW and West coast areas expected to experience the brunt of the storm. The Coast Guard is reminding the public of the dangers of visiting exposed coastal areas and to adhere to the core message of; Stay Back, Stay High, Stay Dry.

All mariners will be well aware of the onset of severe storm conditions and are reminded to pay additional attention to the sea area forecasts, noting that as the centre of the weather system approaches Ireland, localised changes are likely.

If you see someone in difficulty in the sea, on the shore dial 112/999 and ask for the Coast Guard.