Weather warning for Saturday
Motorists have been advised to exercise extreme caution tomorrow after a severe weather warning was issued by Met Éireann, predicting high winds and extensive rainfall.
It is forecast to become extremely windy or stormy and AA Roadwatch warns that drivers on exposed coasts and high ground will be extremely vulnerable to the high gusts of wind.
With heavy and persistent rain in the west early in the morning those in Connacht, west Munster and west Ulster are at risk of flooding.
“At the very least, heavy rain fall will be a problem this weekend; motorists should reduce speeds accordingly and use dipped headlights to improve visibility” said Nicola Hudson of AA Roadwatch.
“You will need to double the distance you leave between your car and the car in front of you, as braking distances are increased by wet roads”
AA Roadwatch also urge motorists to be mindful of more vulnerable road users including pedestrians, cyclists and motorbikes.
Motorists travelling the west this weekend for the Galway International Rally 2009, where up to 15,000 people are expected to attend each day on routes throughout Galway county, are advised that details of road closures and areas affected can be found on www.aaroadwatch.ie.