Tourists evacuated from Cliffs of Moher due to high winds

The Cliffs of Moher have been evacuated and closed because of dangerously high winds.

Tourists evacuated from Cliffs of Moher due to high winds

By Pat Flynn

The Cliffs of Moher have been evacuated and closed because of dangerously high winds.

The cliffs, which welcomed over one million visitors last year, are being pounded by winds gusting up to 150 kilometres an hour.

Staff at the 700 foot high cliffs followed clear procedures to deal with severe weather and this afternoon invoked their highest safely level "red protocol".

Visitors have been escorted back to their coaches and cars and requested to leave the site.

The public has also been asked to check social media or call the visitor centre before travelling to the area.

The cliffs have been closed. This sign was posted at the site earlier this year, during a previous weather alert. Picture: Pat Flynn
The cliffs have been closed. This sign was posted at the site earlier this year, during a previous weather alert. Picture: Pat Flynn

Gale force winds and heavy rain have been forecast for the weekend in Clare.

The iconic attraction was closed twice in a single week in February 2013 after winds topped 120kmh.

On that occasion, several visitors were injured when they were swept off their feet by the strong winds while a vehicle evacuating staff members was also lifted off the ground.

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