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Yellow wind warning issued as flooding risk remains

The warning will remain in place until 1pm today.

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A YELLOW WIND warning has been issued for much of the country as high winds and a risk of flooding remain.

The warning, issued this morning, covers Munster, Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Wexford, Wicklow, Offaly, Galway and Mayo.

Met Éireann is warning that wins will reach mean speeds of between 55 and 65 km/h, gusting to over 100 km/h.

The warning will remain in place until 1pm today.

The weather will remain “extremely windy” today, with some severe or damaging gusts especially in coastal areas with a “continuing danger of coastal flooding”.

The higher ground of the north midlands will see heavy rain and some sleet or wet snow.

Tonight will be cold with scattered showers in northern areas. There’s a risk of some severe winds overnight.

The country is still clearing up after Storm Eleanor brought flooding earlier this week. Both Galway and Cork city councils issued warnings that flooding could occur last night, but conditions similar to Tuesday night failed to materialise.

The National Emergency Coordination Group on severe weather convened yesterday, warning of a threat of severe weather.

Chairman of the NECG Sean Hogan said:

“There are unfortunately still some threats coming towards us.”

Around 2,000 homes remain without power due to Storm Eleanor, with 148,000 having their supply returned yesterday. A further 4,500 who lost power due to lightning strikes remain without power.

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