Red yellow warnings see police issue 'No cycling' advice in eight counties...

Cyclists living in several counties in the Republic of Ireland have been warned to avoid cycling as Hurricane Ophelia batters the country with winds approaching 95 miles an hour.

Red weather warnings have been put in place for eight of the country’s 26 counties by Met Eireann.

Those are Wexford, Waterford, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Clare, Galway and Mayo.

In a statement, Ireland’s national police service, An Garda Síochána, said: “People living in areas where a Red level weather warning has been issued should not make any non-essential journeys.

“There should be no cycling in Red zones and avoid where necessary elsewhere.”

The agency said that “Drivers of high sided vehicles and motorcyclists should also be aware of the extreme danger posed by gale force winds as they are particularly vulnerable.

“People living in coastal areas are also being warned of the risk posed by flooding from storm surge and the Coast Guard is requesting members of the public to avoid any visits or walks to coastal or cliff areas.

The statement added: ”It is envisaged that there will be significant damage caused by winds, especially in the nature of fallen trees and downed power wires. 

“Please assume that any fallen wires are live and do not approach or touch the wires.  Please report any fallen wires to the emergency services.”

People are advised to keep abreast of the storm’s progress through local and social media,

The warnings are in place from 09:00, Monday 16 October to 03:00, Tuesday 17 October 2017.

An Amber weather warning has also been issued by the UK’s Met Office for Northern Ireland due to the storm’s path taking it across there and onto the West of Scotland, where a Yellow warning is in force.

The former hurricane is also causing unusually high winds across other parts of the UK so as ever, stay safe if you're out riding this evening.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.