Friday 25 May 2018

Flood warnings issued as Storm Jonas threatens torrential downpour

Nuns in Chicago, Illinois covered in newly fallen snow from Storm Jonas Credit: Win McNamee (Getty Images)
Nuns in Chicago, Illinois covered in newly fallen snow from Storm Jonas Credit: Win McNamee (Getty Images)
Most of New York's streets were cleaned up overnight after a huge snow storm slammed into the Mid-Atlantic states including New York Credit: Astrid Riecken (Getty Images)
A bulldozer clears snow on the East Front of the US Capitol in Washington, DC Credit: Alex Wong (Getty Images)

David Kearns

Ireland is set to be battered by gales and rain as the tail end of Storm Jonas prepares to lash the country later in the week.

Met Éireann has issued a yellow weather warning for Munster, Connacht and Donegal as the blizzard continues its trek across the Atlantic.

The weather forecasters believes the storm will reach Ireland in the next few days and is warning of heavy rain and strong winds once it hits the western coast. 

Already Storm Jonas has killed 19 people in the United States, while also leaving tens of thousands without power.

A Met Éireann spokesperson said there will be outbreaks of rain throughout today, with the majority likely to fall in the north and west of the country.

Heavy rain is expected overnight and into Tuesday morning with upwards of 40mm expected in some places.

A yellow rain warning is in place for west Munster, Connacht and Donegal and is valued until Tuesday afternoon.

The forecaster has also issued  a 24-hour yellow wind warning for the rest of the country, saying that south to southwest winds and gusts upwards of  65km/h and 110 km/h should expected.

It is warning take flooding could be expected from Tuesday in areas already saturated and waterlogged.

Heavy rain will spread across the country during the night and it will become very windy again due to a strong southerly winds picking up speed as they veering northwest.

The highest temperatures of the week are expected tomorrow, hitting highs of 13 C.

The last of the rain will clear early on Wednesday except in western coastal regions, the Met said.

Afternoon temperatures will only be between 4 and 7 C and come nightfall it should remain largely dry, though temperatures could fall as low as -2 C.

Met Eireann said unsettled weather is likely for Friday and the weekend, warning that there will be continuous episodes of mild, wet and windy weather.

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