Lavitts Quay in Cork city yesterday evening Cork City Council

Rain warning for eight counties following 'significant' flooding in Wexford and part of Cork City

Met Éireann warned that high tides are expected to be very high along all coasts.

LAST UPDATE | Oct 29th 2023, 1:23 PM

A STATUS YELLOW rain warning has been issued for eight counties, following significant flooding across parts of Wexford as a result of heavy downpours yesterday.

Met Éireann issued the warning today for Counties Cavan, Galway, Leitrim, Longford, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo, & Westmeath. The warning is in effect from now until 9pm tonight.

Impacts may include localised flooding, difficult driving conditions and poor visibility.

The warning comes following a warning that was in place for Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Wexford and Wicklow from 5pm yesterday and until 4am today. 

Another Status Yellow rain warning for Louth and Meath kicked in at 8pm yesterday and remained in place until 6am today. 

Wexford County Council said last night that there was “significant flooding” across parts of the county yesterday evening.

The N25 from Larkins Cross to Maldron Roundabout was flooded, along with a number of roads in Wexford town. 

Spot flooding was also reported on the N30 Palace to Clonroche road.

People have been advised to avoid unnecessary journeys. 

Met Éireann warned that high tides are expected to be very high along all coasts this weekend, leading to the possibility of coastal flooding. 

Cork City Council warned yesterday that forecasted “super spring tides” over the weekend would result in significant tidal flooding in low lying areas of the city at high tide. 

Wandesford Quay and Sharman Crawford Street were closed from 5pm yesterday until when the tidal flooding subsided.

There was some flooding reported on the South Mall and Lavitts Quay yesterday evening. 

There are currently no rain warnings in place from Met Éireann today. However, the UK’s Met Office has a Yellow rain warning in place for Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh and Tyrone until 12pm today. 

Met Éireann has said patches of mist and fog are possible this morning.

There will be a mix of sunny spells and showers, most frequent in the north, today.

Some of the showers will be heavy and may cause spot flooding, the forecaster said.

A mix of clear spells and scattered showers are forecast for tonight, most frequent in the north and west.

Winds are due to be light and variable in most areas, so mist and fog will form, but there will be a moderate to fresh easterly wind in the north. 

The risk of flooding is expected to become more frequent and more intense as climate change destabilises Ireland’s weather systems.

The Climate Action Plan 2023 outlined that the “most immediate risks to Ireland from climate change are predominantly those associated with changes in extremes, such as floods, droughts, and storms”.

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