Orange warning in place as further heavy downpours expected
Further heavy rain is expected this evening as the country reels from torrential downpours last night.
The relentless downpoars last night resulted in localised flooding and the national forcaster has warned of similar conditions this evening.
Met Eireann has issued an Orange Alert - its second highest warning level - due to the rainfall expected.
It was issued at 6am this morning and will remain in place for the next 24 hours.
About 40mm of rain fell before 6am this morning, and a further 40-60mm is likely to fall by 6am tomorrow.
The alert applies to all counties in Leinster - with a yellow alert in place for Co Tipperary and Waterford.
"Rain will continue in the east and north early tonight, with an ongoing risk of flooding", Met Eireann told Independent.ie.
"The rain will become confined to Ulster as the night goes on and cloud will begin to break elsewhere".
The recent hot spell has meant many areas have been spared the full impact of the downfall, he added.
"The recent dry spell has allowed the rain to be absorbed fairly quickly, but flooding will occur has the day goes on."
This evening gardai have issued an appeal to motorists to take care on the roads due to the bad weather.
They have advised drivers to exercise 'extreme caution' due to the 'treacherous' conditions on the roads.
Dublin Bus have also advised passengers thats buses are being diverted from the Santry area to to bad flooding in the locality.
DART services now operating between Lansdowne Road and Malahide/Howth only due to flooding on the line.
The rain is expected to gradually ease off by morning, but will not completely clear.
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