Saturday 17 November 2018

'Wet and very windy' - forecasters issue number of weather warnings for Friday

  • Met Éireann publish details on three separate Status Yellow warnings
  • Winds expected to reach speeds of 50 to 65km/h with gusts of 90 to 110km/hr
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Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Forecasters have issued a number of weather warnings for the next 24 hours.

Met Éireann have published details on three separate Status Yellow warnings, which came into effect in the early hours of Friday morning.

Dublin Fire Brigade have also issued a warning alongside the weather forecast, appealing for people to secure any outdoor furniture or trampolines.

"There is a Status Yellow wind and rain warning in place from 0600 tomorrow morning," they wrote.

"Please take the opportunity to secure any outdoor furniture, trampolines etc."

Met Éireann forecaster Harm Luijkx said Friday is expected to be "wet and very windy", with winds increasing to gusts on the east and south coast.

"Rain will spread to all areas on Friday," he said, "while Saturday and Sunday will have mixed sunny spells and showers."

The wind warning for Munster and Connacht came into effect at 4am on Friday morning and will remain in place until 3pm.

It reads; "Southeasterly winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65km/h with gusts of 90 to 110km/hr. Gusts will exceed these values in exposed coastal areas and on higher ground, especially in the southwest."

A Status Yellow rainfall warning has been issued for 13 counties in the east and south, including; Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Galway, Mayo, Cork, Kerry, Tipperary and Waterford.

The warning also came into effect at 6am Friday morning and will remain in place until 6pm Friday.

Heavy rain are expected to lead to accumulations of around 25 to 40mm - but forecasters warned it may exceed these limits in mountainous areas.

Finally, a Status Yellow wind warning is in place for Leinster and counties Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal.

The winds are expected to reach speeds of 50 to 65km/h with gusts of 90 to 110km/hr.

This warning is valid from 8am on Friday morning and remains in place until 7pm on Friday evening.

An estimated 50mm of rain fell in less than 24 hours across parts of Cork - leaving commuters facing travel misery due to floods and debris on roads.

Cork City and Co Councils confirmed spot flooding on dozens of roads with the problem exacerbated by large quantities of leaves and twigs shed by trees which, in cases, caused blockages as the debris was washed into drain screens.

In Cork city, spot flooding was reported along numerous city roads and some quays as pedestrians struggled to reach shelter in the heavy downpours.

At Cork Airport, gusting winds resulted in challenging conditions for pilots though flights operated as normal.

"There has been no disruption to flight operations today due to the weather," Cork Airport indicated.

In Waterford, spot flooding was reported along the River Blackwater near Lismore and Ballyduff.

Motorists were also urged to drive with extreme care in Kerry and Tipperary due to the heavy rainfall and risk of spot flooding on rural roads.

Gardaí urged drivers to slow down, allow extra time for journeys and to exercise care along areas prone to flooding - while pedestrians were urged to ensure maximum visibility.

The Irish Coastguard urged people to take caution if near exposed coastal areas where winds were expected to reach their peak potentially reaching between 110km/h and 130km/h.

Irish Water Safety also said people should exercise extreme caution near streams, rivers and lakes given the surge in levels expected because of the torrential rainfall.

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