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Storm Bronagh is here as heavy rains from the south lead to flood warnings

Storm Bronagh is the second named winter storm of the 2018/2019 winter season.
Sep 20th 2018, 8:12 AM 73,518 49

Updated Sep 20th 2018, 10:56 AM

THE INCOMING WET weather arriving from the south has now been named as Storm Bronagh, the second named winter storm of the year. 

Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow rainfall warning for seven counties in the southeast of the country: Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, Cork, Tipperary and Waterford.

The storm will bring wet weather but no wind warning is in place as winds are expected to be mainly light.

The warning is in place from 9 am this morning until 9 pm this evening and rain is predicted to be persistent and heavy at times this afternoon with the potential for spot flooding. 

The rain will continue to spread northeastwards this morning and turn persistent and heavy though south Munster and south Leinster.

Up to 25-40mm of rain could fall before the precipitation moves in a northeasterly direction towards Wales.

The UK’s Met Office says that the low-pressure system has now been named as Storm Bronagh in co-operation with Met Éireann. 

The storm naming system has been in place for three years with Irish and British forecasters working together to maintain consistency.

Storm Bronagh comes hot on the heels of Storm Ali, which caused major damage yesterday but had stronger winds than this latest storm.

Despite this latest weather warning, Met Éireann says there is “marked uncertainty” about what exactly to expect over the weekend. 

For Saturday, rain and strong winds moving in from the Atlantic will extend northeastwards but the exact timing of the stormy condition “may yet alter”.

“Marked uncertainty still for Sunday, but current indications suggest a wet and windy start to the day, improving later,” Met Éireann says.

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