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Cyclists warned to stay off bikes as Ophelia hits Ireland

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.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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