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Dublin: 9 °C Thursday 20 June, 2019
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Batten down the hatches: Winds of over 100km per hour expected today

Met Éireann has issued an orange alert as winds are set to pick up again today.

High winds and rain hit the country last weekend and this week
High winds and rain hit the country last weekend and this week
Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

MET ÉIREANN HAS issued a nationwide orange alert, with high winds and heavy rain expected all day.

The northwest will be hardest hit as winds continue into the night. The weather service is predicting that it will be dry early on, but things will get worse from there.

“[It will become] very wet and extremely windy during the morning and early afternoon, as very heavy rain and gale force southerly winds sweeps eastwards with gusts of 100 to 120km/h in exposed places.”

Met Éireann is also warning that there is a risk of local spot flooding.

The wind will die down tonight over most of the country, except for the northwest, with heavy showers starting overnight in the south and west.

Power

Power outages have already been widespread across the country in the last week, with 25,000 customers without power on Wednesday after high winds battered the country.

ESB Networks says that “conditions remain challenging”.

Roads

Drivers of high-sided vehicles are being warned to take care in exposed areas as winds pick up.

Read: ‘Status red’ warning as stormy weather expected tonight

Read: What’s the severe ‘red alert’ weather like where you are?

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