Sunday 24 September 2017

Flood warning for east as rain spreads across the country Reporters

THE Met Office has warned of possible flooding in parts of Leinster and east Munster as heavy rain spreads westwards across the country.

It said a band of heavy rain - which affected Wales and central England overnight - has pushed its way across the Irish Sea.

All areas of Leinster are expected to experience heavy rain but Dublin, Wicklow and Wexford will be worst affected.

Up to 25 to 30mm can be expected.

According to Met Éireann meteorologist Vincent O’Shea: “Ground conditions are very saturated at the moment all over the country.

“Getting another 25 or 30 millimetres of rain in the southern half of Leinster today will lead to a high risk of flooding. Eastern counties of Munster, most notably Cork and Waterford, could also be at risk.”

Rainfall is expected to be more widespread than the deluge in Cork and Antrim last week, which caused severe localised flooding.

Rain will be more scattered in Connacht and west Ulster, with some spells of sunshine.

And there will be outbreaks of rain across the country tonight, with a risk of heavy, thundery showers.

Some bright and sunny spells are expected in the south and east tomorrow, while the west and northwest of the country will experience scattered showers and heavy rain at times.

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