Health experts issue WARNING to public as winter storm approaches

16th 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 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.



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.



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.”