Monday 18 December 2017

Calm before the storm - Thursday's weather calm as major storm blows in for weekend

Michael Dennehy has he lost the fight to keep the waters out of his home.
Michael Dennehy has he lost the fight to keep the waters out of his home.

THURSDAY will be the last day of calm weather this week - as a major Atlantic storm looks set to make landfall on Friday afternoon.

Enniscorthy in Co Wexford is on flood alert tonight - there are fears the river Slaney could burst its banks.

Tomorrow is expected to mainly be calm, with some isolated showers in areas.

However further thundery downpours are expected from Friday, when a major area of low pressure currently over the Atlantic makes landfall.

Met Eireann have warned that the volume of rain will see the risk of further flooding - however the tides are not expected to bee as high as they were earlier in the week.

"If we look at what's happened in the last two months, when the weather started to get windy and wet, we've had a very wet and windy period," forecaster Gerard Fleming said.

"The storms have coincided with very high tides. Winds blowing onshore, which we call a storm surge, coupled with high tides has resulted in  a lot of water.

"Rivers have become very high in the last couple of months. The OPW and local authorities tell us the rivers are very high, and we do foresee very little change in the next few days"

The ESB said this evening that fewer than 700 homes now remain without power after last night's storm - over 10,000 were without supply this morning.

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