The U.S. Embassy in Dublin, Ireland cautions U.S. citizens that tropical storm Ophelia is expected to land on the western coast of Ireland on October 16. The Irish Meterological Service (Met Éireann<https://www.irishtimes.com/topics/topics-7.1213540?article=true&tag_organisation=Met+%C3%89ireann>)has issued a red weather warning for all of Ireland for October 16 from 6:00 am to 11:59 pm. Met Éireann’s most recent statement said that Ophelia is forecast to track directly over Ireland during the daytime on Monday, October 16. Violent and destructive gusts are forecast with all areas at risk; the southwest and south in the morning, and eastern counties in the afternoon. Heavy rain and storm surges along some coastal areas will result in flooding. There is potential risk to lives
Irish authorities have closed schools of all levels for Monday, October 16 in advance of the storm’s expected landing on Monday morning. The U.S. Embassy will be closed Monday, including for all Consular Service
All U.S. citizens living in or traveling to the area should monitor local weather reports, the Irish Meterological Service website https://www.met.ie/, follow directions from local officials, and take other appropriate actions as needed.
For further information:
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The Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) provides several resources to enhance the safety and security of the U.S. private sector abroad. Additional information on OSAC can be found on osac.gov<https://www.osac.gov/> or by following OSAC on Twitter<https://twitter.com/OSACState>.
Mariners and U.S. citizens considering maritime travel should also review information at the websites of the National Geospatial Agency<https://www.nga.mil/>, the Maritime Security Communications with Industry Portal<https://www.marad.dot.gov/environment-and-safety/office-of-security/msci/>, and the U.S. Coast Guard<https://www.uscg.mil/> for information related to maritime and port security globally.
Contact the U.S. Embassy in Ireland, located at 42 Elgin Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4<https://maps.google.com/?q=42+Elgin+Road,+Ballsbridge,+Dublin+4&entry=gmail&source=g>, at +353 (1) 668-8777<tel:+353%201%20668%208777> (business hours and after hours emergency number), or by e-mail at ACSDublin@state.gov<mailto:ACSDublin@state.gov>, or visit the Embassy website at https://ie.usembassy.gov