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Thursday 10 July 2014

Tornadoes may hit Ireland tomorrow – weather warning

Lyndsey Telford, Press Association

Published 31/07/2013|18:47

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Met Eireann has issued a tornado warning for tomorrow evening
Met Eireann has issued a tornado warning for tomorrow evening

Storm forecasters have predicted that tornadoes may hit Ireland tomorrow.

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Heavy rain, severe wind gusts and tornadoes for the country, along with the possibility of an isolated large hail event have been forecast by the European Storm Forecast Experiment (ESTOFEX).

This "level one" threat, which gives a 5pc to 15pc chance of severe weather conditions, was issued alongside Met Eireann's yellow weather warning.

The country is braced for a battering of flash floods and thunder storms, with up to 50mm of rain expected to fall in parts overnight.

With the worst of the weather expected west of Munster and Connacht, road safety chiefs have warned motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to take extra care in the hazardous conditions.

Road Safety Authority (RSA) chief executive Noel Brett advised drivers to slow down and keep a safe distance from other vehicles.

"The changeable weather that's being forecast for the coming days will present some very challenging road conditions for road users," Mr Brett said.

"As visibility is greatly reduced while travelling in heavy rain remember to allow extra time to complete your journey."

Munster, Connacht and west Ulster are expected to get the worst of the forecasted thunderous downpours and flash floods.

Met Eireann warned Leinster, Donegal, Monaghan and Cavan would also be hit by torrential rain.

This comes a week after some areas of Dublin were ravaged by flooding, and landmark department store Clerys was forced to shut its doors for days after parts of its roof fell through.

Letterkenny General Hospital was left devastated by water damage on Friday night, forcing the Emergency Department and a string of other units and wards to close to patients.

Health Minister James Reilly, who visited the hospital over the weekend to survey the soiled and damaged site, pledged Government support to the major clean-up operation, which is still ongoing.

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