Tuesday 15 October 2019

Severe weather warning as 90km/h winds and ‘month’s worth’ of rain to batter country

Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

MET Eireann has issued a yellow weather warning as over half the month’s average rain is set to fall in three days.

The torrential rains will be accompanied by high winds – reaching up to 90km/h  in parts.

Traffic comes to a standstill on the M50 at Blanchardstown due to heavy rainfall. Picture:Arthur Carron
Traffic comes to a standstill on the M50 at Blanchardstown due to heavy rainfall. Picture:Arthur Carron

A Met Eireann spokesperson told Independent.ie that the wind is expected to pick up later today.

“There are wind warnings now in effect, we expect South to South-Easterly winds to pick up to 40-60km/h in most places, and up to 80-90km/h in the South West.”

There is also a yellow rainfall warning in effect – with a month’s worth of rain for some areas expected to fall in just three days.

Up to 90mm of rain is expected to fall in some areas over the weekend.

The average rainfall for Dublin in October in just 79mm, while Cork is slightly wetter with 138mm.

“There will be very intense rain and heavy showers throughout the country, again with southern and western counties worst affected”.

 “Obviously with the high winds and rain there will be an issue with fallen trees”.

Gardai have appealed for the public to take care on the roads over the weekend, as conditions deteriorate.

Localised flooding could hit some areas as rains intensify.

ESB crews could also experience a busy few days - 20,000 homes were left without power from a storm earlier this month.

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