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It is set to pour from the heavens overnight in the west and the south

The Road Safety Authority has issued a road safety alert in advance of the coming deluge.

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Updated at 10.45pm

A HUGE AMOUNT of rain is expected to fall overnight after Met Éireann issued a series of weather warnings for the south and west of the country.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has this evening implored all road users to take “extreme care” when using the roads tonight and tomorrow.

The RSA has reminded all road-users that vehicles take longer to stop in the wet and to factor this in when bringing a car to a halt.

Drivers are also implored to drive with dipped headlights at all times and to drive at lower speeds to minimise the prospect of aquaplaning.

A status orange rainfall warning was issued this morning for Co Kerry with between 60 and 80 mm of rainfall expected tonight and tomorrow.

This evening, the AA announced that the Inny bridge on the N70 road on the Ring of Kerry tourist route is impassable due to flooding, with much flooding likewise reported around much of the county according to Kerry County Council.

Up to 100 mm is possible in mountainous areas, Met Éireann said.

The warning kicked in at 10 am this morning and will continue until 6 pm tomorrow evening.

Further accumulations are expected tomorrow too.

The Yellow alert rainfall warning applies until midnight tonight. It covered Galway, Mayo, Cork and Clare.

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Elsewhere today, according to Met Éireann, it will be “mainly dry with a few bright or sunny spells”. However it will blustery, with strong southeasterly winds.

Tonight will continue to be wet in western coastal counties with some heavy falls leading possibly to localised flooding,” the latest forecast says.

Further east it will remain mostly dry.

“Tomorrow, Tuesday, further outbreaks of rain will affect western and southwestern coastal counties for a time with the continuing risk of localised flooding.

The outlook for the rest of the week is mixed, with a mostly dry and bright day expected on Wednesday, and a risk of some rain on Thursday and Friday amid otherwise fine conditions.

With reporting from Cormac Fitzgerald and Cianan Brennan

First published 9.03am

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