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Met Eireann warn of heavy rain in wake of Storm Abigail

NewsBy Sean Nolan
Lots of rain is on the way
Lots of rain is on the way

The worst of the high winds from Storm Abigail may have passed over us but now we can expect heavy rain to pound Ireland for the next 36 hours.

Last night Storm Abigail battered the country, especially the west coast, leaving some homes without power as gusts hit 120kph.

And while there is still a warning in place for the country, with 40-55kmph southwesterly winds predicted and gusts of up to 100kph, a fresh warning about heavy rain has now also been issued.

Met Eireann have issued a nationwide Yellow Warning about the volume of rain expected over the next 36 hours.

Heavy showers and more persistent rain are expected, with over 45mm forecast to fall on us between Friday morning and Saturday night.

Yesterday gusts of up to 120kph were detected with Dublin Airport experiencing minor disruptions to their flight schedule.

The RSA also advises road users to:

  • Beware of objects being blown out onto the road and to expect the unexpected. In particular watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road. Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds. High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds. 
  • Drivers should allow extra space around vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists as they may be blown off course by strong winds. • Watch out for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. 
  • Use dipped headlights at all times of poor visibility not parking/side lights and fog lights.
  • Pedestrians should take extra care when crossing the road or cycling in extremely windy conditions as a sudden gust of wind could blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
  • Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists are advised to be seen. Wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt.
  • Pedestrians should walk on a footpath, not in the street. Walk on the right hand side of the road, facing traffic if there are no footpaths.