Tuesday 11 December 2018

Storm Georgina has passed but strong winds, widespread rain and hail and thunder on the way

  • Fallen trees and wind-blown debris reported across the country
  • More than 400 homes and businesses are without power
  • Status yellow rainfall warning in place until 10am
  • Gardaí are advising motorists to take care of heavy surface water on M50
  • Gale force winds and widespread rain on the way
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Storm Georgina has passed over Ireland but strong winds, widespread rain and a risk of thunder and hail are on the cards today.

A status orange wind warning was issued last night with gusts of up to 120km/hr blasting the country for a time.

The wind warning was issued at midnight and ended at 5am today, while a storm yellow rainfall warning is still in place for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo and Clare. The warning will remain until 10am with rainfall totals between 25 to 35mm expected.

Meanwhile, more than 400 homes and businesses are without power in Cork, Tipperary and Wexford.

The coastal areas were the worst affected overnight with the strongest winds recorded at Sherkin Island (42 knots).

Gardaí are advising motorists to take care of heavy surface water on the M50, as well as minor roads. There are also reports of some flooding near the junction of Baskin Lane and Clonsaugh Road in Dublin.

Gardaí have reported spot flooding outbound on the Long Mile Road in Dublin, just before the Naas Road junction.

There are reports of a fallen tree in Nutley Lane, Donnybrook, County Dublin.

The AA Roadwatch have reported that there are also fallen trees in Donegal, blocking the Raphoe/Stranorlar Road between Raphoe and Convoy, as well as a fallen tree on the N87 Belturbet/Ballyconnell Road near Cornagrove in Cavan.

Met Eireann have warned that even though the storm has passed, Wednesday will feel very windy with strong, gusty southwest winds.

Heavy rain will clear the southeast this morning with sunny showers and scattered showers following. Some of the showers will turn heavy.

Highest temperatures of between 6C and 8C are expected today.

Tonight will see more showers and a risk of hail and thunder, especially in the north of the country.

Met Eireann have said that the showers will merge tonight to bring longer spells of rain.

Lowest temperatures of between 3C and 5C are expected tonight.

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