Monday 5 December 2016

Three weather warnings in place as torrential rain and gale force winds hit

Louise Kelly & Ralph Riegel

Published 10/04/2016 | 08:01

Glen pier, Co. Kerry Credit: James Grandfield
Glen pier, Co. Kerry Credit: James Grandfield
Bray golf club 9th green Credit: Bray Golf course superintendent

Torrential rain and gale force winds are to hit the country today as three weather warnings come into force.

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A status orange rainfall warning, in force since 6am this morning, is valid for Cork for a full 24 hours, with the county already reporting flooding.

Accumulations of rain of up to 70mm are expected to fall across the county, with the heaviest showers along the south coast and in mountainous regions.

Cork flooding

High spring tides this morning caused flooding in low lying areas including Morrison’s Quay, Lavitt’s Quay, Sharman-Crawford Street, Union Quay and Georges Quay.

Flooding was also reported in areas of Oliver Plunkett Street, the South Mall and South Terrace.

Band of rain across southern counties Credit: Met Eireann
Band of rain across southern counties Credit: Met Eireann
Karen D in Galway Credit: Twitter
Credit: Orlaith Walsh

A number of roads in Cork county were also left impassable due to flooding with the worst hit areas including Kinsale and Carrigaline. Cork City and Co Councils had issued a flood warning early on Saturday.

Crews inspected drains and all vulnerable areas in a bid to minimise the flooding.

Met Eireann has also issued a yellow weather warning for Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford with up to 50mm of rainfall forecast.

Issued yesterday morning, this alert also came into force at 6am and remains valid until 6am tomorrow morning.

The wet weather in southern counties will bring with it the risk of flooding, following a number of snow showers yesterday evening.

The rain will extend northwards as far as Connacht and the southern half of Leinster during the morning but will clear back to the southwest again during the afternoon.

High tides are also expected around the south and west coastal counties as a third warning from the national forecaster comes into effect.

A yellow wind warning for all of Munster - and for Wexford, Galway and Mayo - is valid from 5am this morning and remains in place until 9pm tonight.

Winds will be easterly and will be fresh to strong along southern coasts.

AA Roadwatch have advised motorists to be cautious as wind blown debris is likely to be an issue.

This morning's cold start complete with frost and icy patches will thaw out quickly enough as rain becomes widespread across country.

Temperatures will get a good bit warmer than the freezing early start with peaks of 10-14 degrees expected.

The lower temperatures will be experienced in Munster where the rain is set to turn to sleet over hills and mountains.

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