Status Orange - Wind warning for Sligo - Update 7.30am Friday 12th October 2018

Status Orange - Wind warning for Sligo - Update 7.30am Friday 12th October 2018

Road/Weather Notice - 7.30am Friday 12th October 2018

No major incident reported overnight in county sligo.  With status orange warning in place until 5pm today with strong winds and heavy rain, Council Roads and Fire Service staff will continue to monitor the situation throughout the day.  Motorists and other road users asked to continue to take extreme care on all routes, particularly on coastal or other exposed roads, as danger of fallen trees and flooding in vulnerable areas remain.

Road/Weather Notice - 12.00pm Thursday 11th October 2018

Met Éireann has issued an Orange weather warning for a number of counties, including Sligo, in anticipation of ‘Storm Callum’.

Valid from Thursday 11 October 2018 23:00 to Friday 12 October 2018 17:00

An Orange level warning is issued by Met Éireann for wind speeds with the capacity to produce dangerous, stormy conditions which may constitute a risk to life and property.

Sligo County Council will continue to monitor weather conditions and roads and Fire Service personnel will be deployed to respond to any emergency situations around the county.

A combination of strong winds and high tides may result in fallen trees and flooding in low lying areas, with winds expected to be at their strongest late Thursday night and early Friday morning.

  • Motorists and other road users are asked to avoid coastal and exposed roads and to take an alternative route where possible.
  • Motorists are asked not to make an unnecessary journeys while wind speeds are at their highest, predicted to reach 130kph
  • With trees weakened by recent storms, there is a danger of fallen trees on roads all over the county, and motorists and other road users asked to take extreme care
  • Roads that are liable to flooding, such as the Mardyke, Scotsman’s Walk, Gibraltar, Back Avenue in Sligo and Coast Road Easkey, will be monitored by roads staff and may be closed to traffic at short notice.
  • With the worst of the conditions over-night, and high tide for Sligo at 8.36am Friday, rush-hour traffic may face delays and motorists are asked to postpone their journey Friday morning where possible.

Sligo County Council would like to thank motorists and other road users for their cooperation in taking all necessary precautions until storm conditions abate.


Strong southeast, veering southwest, winds associated with Storm Callum, coinciding with high spring tides will affect Ireland on Thursday night and Friday morning.

Winds will be strongest overnight and early on Friday, gusting between 110 and 130 km/h at coasts.


The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is asking road users to exercise caution while using the roads on Thursday night and Friday morning as Met Éireann has issued an orange weather warning for strong winds for Ireland as Storm Callum approaches.

Strong winds associated with Storm Callum, coinciding with high spring tides will affect Ireland. The counties that will be most affected are Dublin, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath, Cork, Waterford, Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Clare and Kerry.

Winds will be strongest overnight and early on Friday and could reach speeds of between 110 and 130km/h at coasts. A Status Yellow warning has also been issued for the rest of the country.

There is also a risk of coastal flooding in affected counties. Drivers are advised to never attempt to drive through flooded roads and to heed any warnings or detours the Local Authority or Gardai may have in place.

The RSA is asking road users to check local weather and traffic conditions and be aware of the conditions before setting out on a trip.

The RSA has the following advice for road users:

  • 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

Advice to Pedestrians, Cyclists and motorcyclists;

  • Be seen. Wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt.
  • Take extra care when crossing the road or cycling in extremely windy conditions as a sudden gust of wind could blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

For advice on using the road in severe weather, please see severe weather advice on the RSA website or check out the RSA Facebook and Twitter pages.

See video created in collaboration with Teresa Mannion with advice for driving in strong winds here.

Please also see suite of videos focusing on driving in severe weather here.

For more weather updates, visit Met Éireann's website: