Health experts issue WARNING to public as winter storm approaches16th Jan 18 | News
Health experts are urging people to follow their advice as country braces itself for winter storm
Health experts have issued an urgent warning to the public ahead of Storm Fionn that’s set to hit Ireland today.
With Met Eireann issuing a status orange alert for strong winds and several status yellow alerts for wind, rain and snow over the next few days, leading health consultants are warning people to follow infection- control practices in order to stop flu from spreading.
According to the independent.ie Prof Sam McConkey, consultant in infectious diseases at Beaumont Hospital, and Prof Joe Keane, a respiratory consultant in St James's Hospital are urging people to wash their hands and dispose of tissues.
Prof Keane said: "Washing of hands is more important than putting on a second pair of socks."
Their advice comes as Met Eireann issue another weather warning Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork and Kerry.
The status orange wind warning will come into effect at 3pm on Tuesday and remain in place until Wednesday at 3am.
Met Eireann have predicted very cold temperatures for this afternoon with a high possibility of snow in some areas and gale force winds along the Atlantic Seaboard.
Very cold this aft, wintry showers, heavy with a risk of thunder. Snow is likely, esp over N half of the country & mainly over higher ground elsewhere.Strong & gusty W winds. Winds will reach gale force along Atlantic Seaboard with severe gusts & very high seas. Highs 1 to 5C— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) January 16, 2018
The forecaster previously issued three status yellow warnings yesterday.
A status yellow snow- ice warning for the entire country began at 11pm on Monday until Wednesday at 3am.
Here's the Rain & Snow forecast for the next 36 hours from the Met Éireann high resolution model - Harmonie - until Wednesday afternoon.— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) January 16, 2018
Rain = blue to red
Snow = white
The latest Warning updates are here:https://t.co/X6NncUghZ9#snow #sneachta pic.twitter.com/cQgftlepPZ
A second status yellow warning for wind came into effect at 11am this monrning until Wednesday at 3am for Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick.
And a third status yellow warning for “high or very high seas” with an increased risk of flooding was issued for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick and came into effect last night at 9pm and remains in place until Thursday at 9am.
On their website the national forecaster has asked the public to “monitor the forecast and any related weather warnings closely in the coming days.”