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Status Orange rain warning in place for three counties and Yellow warning for rest of country

Road users have been urged to take extra care.

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Updated Sep 11th 2022, 12:10 PM

RAIN WARNINGS ARE in place across the country today as many areas experience heavy downpours.

Met Éireann issued a number of rain warnings yesterday with a Status Orange rain warning in place for Cork and Waterford from 3am today until 3am tomorrow.

“Persistent heavy rainfall with isolated thunderstorms will cause disruption and localised flooding,” the forecaster warned.

A Status Orange rain warning has also been in place for Kerry since 3am, but that will end at 3pm today.

A Status Yellow rain warning has been in place for the rest of the country since 3am and will remain in place until 3am on Monday.

Road users have been urged to take extra care due to excess water on certain roads.

Met Éireann has said showery rain in the southwest will extend nationwide this morning, turning heavy and persistent in places. Thundery downpours are possible along with the potential for localised flooding especially in the south and southwest.

Some drier intervals will develop throughout the afternoon and evening, mostly in the south and midlands. It will be humid and breezy with highest temperatures ranging from 15 to 21 degrees Celsius.

Further outbreaks of rain are expected tonight – heaviest and most persistent in the southeast and northwest, with better dry intervals elsewhere.

It will be very mild and humid overnight with lowest temperatures of 11 to 16 degrees.

The rain will gradually die out tomorrow with good sunny spells in the afternoon and evening.

Top temperatures tomorrow will range from 18 to 21 degrees in the south and southeast, but 15 to 18 degrees elsewhere.

Crews on standby

In a statement issued today, a spokesperson for Cork City Council said the local authority’s Severe Weather Assessment Team “continues to monitor the situation and has deployed crews on standby”.

“The council is asking road users to exercise extreme caution as driving conditions may be hazardous with surface flooding possible or fallen trees and branches.

“Motorists are advised to avoid driving through flowing or standing water and to exercise caution during heavy rain. Motorists are also asked to be conscious of cyclists and pedestrians.”

People have been asked to report issues such as fallen trees, flooding and road damage via CCC’s emergency out-of-hours number 021-4800048.

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