Sunday 25 February 2018

Summer on hold as torrential rain to last for days

Flood warnings
Flood warnings

Greg Harkin

We're facing at least five more days of thundery downpours, forecasters have warned.

After a day of torrential downpours and power cuts, meteorologists say the warm air from the continent which is hitting the country will continue to spark more showers.

But they won't be as bad as the downpours which hit many parts of the country yesterday, said Met Eireann forecaster Harm Luijkx.

Up to 10mm of rain fell in one shower in Cork as Munster and south Leinster bore the brunt of the humid damp weather.

In Mitchelstown a torrent of water was sent lashing across roads after 5mm of hailstones fell in just a few minutes, with flooded roads and lightning reported in Kerry, Wexford, Galway, Wicklow and Waterford.

Surface water caused major problems on many roads, especially in Clare and Limerick.

By teatime ESB Networks' staff were dealing with power cuts to hundreds of homes across 14 counties, mainly in Munster and Leinster.

However staff had to wait until lightning storms passed before repair work could get done. Met Eireann said it was difficult to measure and record rainfall levels because the thunder storms were so scattered.

"The north west escaped the worst of the weather, with hill fog the main cause for concern for motorists in Donegal and Sligo.

Temperatures will reach 16C or 17C today, sparking more heavy showers with similar levels again tomorrow.

Peter O'Donnell from Irish Weather Online said the midlands would probably see the worst of today's flash floods and lightning storms.

"Guidance is very scattered past this weekend, the most likely outcome is a gradual drying trend with higher pressure building up over the region and a warm temperature regime."

A family was left stranded after the road to their house was washed away in Ballyvaughan, Co Clare.

Sinead Keane struggled to make the 3km journey up the road following flash flooding and heavy rainfall.

"The road was falling apart around us," Sinead said last night.

"My parents have lived in the Lismactigue valley all their life and said they had never seen a flash flood like it."

Irish Independent

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