Friday 21 November 2014

Storms to make return next week

Published 20/02/2014 | 02:30

The Limerick City Fire and Rescue team try and make safe Limerick Boat club after its roof was torn off during storm Darwin. Picture: Sean Curtin Photo
The Limerick City Fire and Rescue team try and make safe Limerick Boat club after its roof was torn off during storm Darwin. Picture: Sean Curtin Photo

MORE storms are on the way for Ireland – much of which is still waterlogged following recent adverse weather.

Next week could see a return to a series of low-pressure systems that caused huge damage across the country during the first two weeks of February, according to the UK-based Weather Channel.

It is forecasting more Atlantic storms with heavy winds to hit Ireland and south-west Britain for the remainder of the month.

Fortunately, they are not expected to be as severe as those from storms Darwin and Christine, although it could lead to further flooding in vulnerable areas.

In the short term, Met Eireann said that more rain was expected for the south today.

Another 25mm of rain was expected to fall in Munster between 9pm last night and 9am today, according to Met Eireann forecaster Joanna Donnelly.

While the rain wouldn't be nearly as bad as the severe storms that have lashed counties Cork and Kerry over the past fortnight, it would still be heavy, she said.

Elsewhere, rain overnight will taper off to showers this morning as it gradually brightens in the west at around midday and gradually improves throughout the course of the day as it moves eastward.

Temperatures will average between 7C and 10C today, dipping down to between 2C and 3C overnight.

Meanwhile, ESB Networks estimates that more than 99pc of customers who were left without power following storm Darwin now have their electricity restored. Fewer than 2,000 customers remained without power last night.

Irish Independent

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