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Saturday 19 April 2014

Flooding, rain and wind at risk in 'all areas of Ireland'

Sand bags at clontarf in readiness for the forecast Storm,
Sand bags at clontarf in readiness for the forecast storm.

It's time to batten down the hatches.

Met Eireann have issued flood warnings throughout the country as 'every area in Ireland' that experiences heavy rain could fall victim to feet of water.

A spokesperson for Met Eireann told Independent.ie: "There are yellow and orange weather warnings in effect for wind, but that's not the whole story.

"Rivers are swollen and any amount of rain may increase those water levels. There will be strong gale force and blustery easterly winds with high tides on the south and east coast.

"There are going to be poor conditions overall."

The overnight frost and fog is set to clear by this afternoon and we're due for a brief dry and bright spell before the return of the potential stormy weather tommorow.

"The weather will be very unsettled and changeable, there's an Atlantic storm headed our way on Friday night," the forecaster added.

"There's potential for another storm late Friday and early Saturday. If that comes in, it's going to be very wet and windy."

"All parts of the country are due for heavy rain and from that, there could be issues locally. Coastal flooding is also a concern on the east and south coast.

Temperatures are expected to remain between five and eight degrees today.

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