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Wednesday 17 October 2018

Lightning strikes as Met Éireann issues 'status orange' weather warning

Storm hits North Dublin. Photo: Eimear O'Sullivan
Storm hits North Dublin. Photo: Eimear O'Sullivan
Thunder and lightning storms. Stock photo

Sasha Brady and Denise Calnan

Skies in Dublin have been lit up by lightning storms tonight.

Forecasters have issued a nationwide thunder warning for this afternoon and evening.

The warning was issued this morning and will be in place from noon to midnight.

It details "widespread thundery activity expected this afternoon and evening".

Lightning forks have been spotted in the sky above Clontarf, Fairview, Marino and Raheny in Dublin's northside.

Meanwhile, Met Éireann have also issued a rainfall warning for Connacht and the counties of Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal.

"Some very heavy or thundery downpours are likely at times on Tuesday, mainly in parts of Connacht and Ulster with local spot flooding," the official website reads.

It is not the first time the national forecaster has issued a thunder warning. They last issued one just over a month ago, on July 18.

A Status Orange warning indicates weather conditions "which have the capacity to impact significantly on people."

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