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Dublin: 19 °C Wednesday 27 May, 2020

Met Éireann extends weather warning as wind picks up across country

There are no reports of any major damage as strong winds hit many parts of the country overnight.

The rainfall radar of Ireland as of 7am this morning
The rainfall radar of Ireland as of 7am this morning
Image: Met Éireann

Updated 9.49am

MET ÉIREANN’S STATUS orange weather warning will remain in place until 7pm today as meteorologists warn of spot flooding in some parts of the country.

A wind warning is now in place for the entire country with gusts of up to 120 kilometres expected in coastal areas.

There remains a danger of coastal flooding and heavy, thundery downpours could lead to spot flooding in inland areas, the weather agency says.

It also noted that “very high Atlantic waves were causing some coastal flooding”.

A status orange warning means that people should be prepared for conditions “which have the capacity to significantly impact on people in the affected areas”.

There are currently no reports of any disruption to flights out of Irish airports, but some ferry crossings from ports in Rosslare and Dublin have been cancelled this morning.

AA Roadwatch is advising motorists to be extra vigilant, particularly on open or exposed roads and in coastal areas. Some fallen trees are partially blocking roads in Sligo and Cork with road users asked to be mindful of cross winds.

There are no reports of major power outages from ESB Networks with a small, isolated fault causing problems for 521 homes in Westport.

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First published 7.19am; Additional reporting Sinéad O’Carroll

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