Saturday 21 April 2018

Motorists advised to 'slow down' as Met Eireann issues 30-hour rainfall warning

You are guaranteed plenty of rain in Ireland.
You are guaranteed plenty of rain in Ireland.
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Heavy and widespread rain is expected to hit the country this evening with sleet in some places.

Met Eireann have forecast up to 40mm of rain to fall in the Leinster and Munster areas for the next 18 hours.

They have also issued a Status Yellow Rainfall Warning.

It came into effect at midday today, and will remain in place until 6pm tomorrow evening.

The warning comes after AA Roadwatch reported a number of routes around the country are affected by flooding.

The worst affected areas are Connacht and Munster.

The AA are advising drivers to slow down and increase the distance between yourself and the driver in front.

"Flooding also remains an issue in some parts of the country following the severe weather of earlier in the month.

"If you encounter flooding on the roads, don't attempt to drive through it if you can't tell how deep it is. If you have to drive through standing water, drive through the centre of the road as it tends to be the highest point,"a spokesperson advised.

Meanwhile, motorway services  are also warning of poor road conditions today and excess surface water along the full stretch of both carriageways on the M50.

Traffic travelling southbound on the capital's ring road experienced heavy delays this afternoon after two separate crashes near Junction 17.

There were no injuries involved in the incidents, gardai confirmed.

A spokesperson for ESB told crews had succeeded in restoring power to thousands of homes and businesses throughout Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Approximately 100 houses were without power early this evening but crews were expected to have electricity restored within the hour.

"We're in a good place this evening, there are still about 100 houses out which is a very small number in comparison to the numbers we operate, although we are aware it is a huge inconvenience for the people involved.

"All these homes are expected to have power restored within the next hour.

"It has turned out to be a very good day, considering the number of faults we were faced with earlier."


Read more here: Electricity black-outs fixed - but Storm Frank is on the way 

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