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Status Orange rain warning for three south-eastern counties as flooding is predicted

Met Éireann says conditions will be unsettled for the rest of the week.

This afternoon's rainfall radar.
This afternoon's rainfall radar.
Image: Met.ie

Updated Oct 27th 2021, 5:49 PM

A STATUS ORANGE rain warning is place for three south-eastern counties until tomorrow morning with seven other counties under a Status Yellow warning.

Met Éireann has this evening updated its warnings for Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow following heavy rain today and amid more forecast for tonight. Overnight flooding is some areas is being predicted. 

The countries of Kerry, Cork, Tipperary, Laois, Offaly, Carlow and Kilkenny remain under a Status Yellow warning that is also in place until tomorrow morning. 

Further outbreaks of rain will feed up from the south tonight, heavy and persistent across Munster and Leinster and especially across the southeast, bringing localised flooding. Drier and clearer intervals will occur across the west and northwest.

The RSA issued advise to motorists and pedestrians to stay safe during the bad weather:

  • Drivers need to slow down and leave a bigger space between themselves and the vehicle in front in wet weather conditions.
  • If the road is flooded, choose another route and do not attempt to drive through it
  • After going through water, drive slowly with your foot on the brake pedal for a short distance – this helps to dry the brakes
  • Drive with dipped headlights at all times.

And the advice to pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists:

  • Visibility and light is reduced in poor weather conditions. Keep safe by making sure you can be seen. Wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt
  • Walk on the right-hand side of the road, facing traffic if there are no footpaths
  • Cyclist should ensure that they and their bike are visible to other road users by investing in a good set of front and rear lights, and by wearing high-vis clothes.

Tomorrow, the heavy rain in the southeast and east is forecast to clear during the morning.

However, further showers or spells of rain are to push up from the southwest during the day with a risk of isolated thunderstorms.

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Sunny spells are expected to break through later in the morning and for the afternoon.

Met Éireann says conditions will be unsettled for the rest of the week with rain and showers. It’s expected to turn cooler, too, with temperatures returning to more normal values for this time of year. 

- With reporting by Rónán Duffy

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