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Hurricane to bring torrential rainfall and strong winds here

Hurricane Gonzalo, which has been ripping across the Atlantic, is due to hit Irish shores this evening.

Met Eireann forecaster Vincent O'Shea says the hurricane is gradually weakening as it crosses the Atlantic but it will bring strong winds and torrential rain when it hits the west coast at 6pm this evening.

The rain will then become widespread by 9pm.


Mr O'Shea said coastal areas in Cork, Kerry, Clare, Galway and Mayo will bear the brunt of the hurricane's forces.

"The hurricane is rushing across the Atlantic and it will visit us as a sharp trough," he said.

"It will give us a short spell of extremely heavy rain and strong gales. The rain is likely to last about three or four hours, and there will be rainfall of 25mm in places. There will also be gale force eight winds which will last for up to six hours," he added.

Wind power of this strength can range between 60kmh and 75kmh.

"But all areas will get rain at some stage. There's also a risk of spot flooding on roads, but there isn't a need for people to take precautions like putting down sandbags," Mr O'Shea added.

However, the storm is expected to make to make driving conditions difficult - and cause tailbacks for morning rush-hour commuters tomorrow.


Motorists are being warned to take extra care on the roads due to the large amounts of spray and the potential for wet leaves.

Tuesday morning will start windy and showery but heavy bouts of rain will mainly hit Connaught and Ulster.

It will be a fresh day with temperatures of 12C to 15C.

Wednesday and Thursday will be dry with sunny spells although showers are likely.