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Met Eireann forecast 'very heavy rainfall' as Status Red continues

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High winds and heavy rain are battering the country
High winds and heavy rain are battering the country

Around 1,800 homes are without power this morning after Storm Desmond lashed the country overnight.

UPDATE: 11.21

In a fresh update this morning, Met Eireann have re-issued their Status Red Warning for Connacht, Donegal, Clare and Kerry.

Very heavy rainfall continuing through today and early tonight with further accumulations of 40 to 60mm expected, and greater totals probable on higher ground. This is in addition to severe rainfall over the past 24 hours.

All other warnings remain in place, details of which you can find below.


A Status Red weather warning remains in place this morning as Storm Desmond moves across the country. Met Eireann's highest status warning is in place for large parts of the west coast with flooding likely in many westerly counties.

The warning will remain in place until tomorrow morning.

There has also been some disruption to flights in the country's airports, with some cancelled and some diverted.  The flights affected are mainly domestic and UK bound flights.

Irish Ferries has cancelled all Jonathan Swift fast craft crossings today. Customers will be accommodated on cruise ferry sailings.

Met Eireann has also issued a number of Status Orange and Status Yellow warnings for other parts of the country.

The Status Red warning - the most severe that the forecaster can issue -  is in place for Connacht, Donegal, Clare and Kerry.

A Status Orange wind warning is in place for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo and Clare.

Southwest winds with speeds of 55 to 75km/h will gust 100 to 120km/h. Winds will be strongest for coastal areas.

Counties Cavan, Cork and Limerick have also been given Status Orange rainfall warnings with "incessant falls of heavy rain.

1,500 of those homes are in the north, mid and south of the country. Another 200 customers in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford are also without power.

The heaviest rainfall was reported in Claremorris in Co Mayo where 46MM of rain recorded there so far.

Wind may abate for a time today, but Met Eireann warns that guest will pick up again later this afternoon.

The highest gust was reported at  Mace Head, Co. Galway yesterday with speeds of 120km per hour.

Motorists are being advised to drive with care - particularly in the west of the country this morning, with flooding reported in Galway, Roscommon, Mayo and Kerry. There are also reports of trees down in places around the country.

Gardai in Galway are advising motorists to avoid coastal roads, particularly around Salthill.

The power outages are mainly confined to the west coast - with   Gurranebane the worst hit with 111 affected, Bandon with 97, Claregalway with 95 outages, Kinsale with 81.

On the east coast, in Wexford, Ferns has been hit by power outages with 96 faults reported.

Aer Lingus has said some of its regional services have been affected by the storm - while in Dublin Airport some flights are struggling to land in the high winds.

The country has been put on a flood alert with up to 60mm of rain and gales of up to 100km per hour expected to batter the country in the next 24 hours.

Met Eireann have issued five weather warnings including a Red Alert warning for heavy rain in Donegal, Connacht, Clare and Kerry.

There is also an Orange Alert wind warning for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo with winds of up to 130km/hr expected, as well as three other warnings for the south and east coast.

Forecasters have predicted up to 150mm of rain on high ground and 70mm of rain to fall elsewhere and described the weekend's weather as "incessant falls of heavy rain".

"People in the West won't be able to get out their front doors," Met Eireann's Siobhan Ryan said yesterday.

Clare County Council have already issued a warning to residents urging land, home and business owners in flood prone locations "to remain vigilant" over the coming days.

Parts of the south and west were brought to a standstill yesterday as flood waters spilled onto roads in Cork, Wexford, Wicklow and Limerick. In Waterford, a number of local roads were impassable due to flooding and landslides.

In Kildare, the left lane of the M9 Waterford to Dublin road was closed due to flooding.

The treacherous conditions led the Road Safety Authority to issue a stark warning to motorists to take care while on the roads.

Gardai warned drivers to take "extra care" as Friday night is set to be wet and windy with heavy rain.

The Irish Coastguard also issued a warning, saying: "As you know there is a major storm on the way.

"Please use common sense and stay away from headlands, piers and cliffs that take heavy spray.

"The spray can be replaced by a life ending wave in a blink of an eye."

Meanwhile, Dublin Fire Brigade rescued a person from a van which got stranded in flood water in Stepaside, Dublin yesterday.

Met Éireann said they expect "more of the same" in the coming days with the unsettled conditions expected to last well into the weekend.

Weather chiefs said we can expect a dry start this morning but should brace ourselves for a washout in the afternoon, with weather warnings expected to be implemented in the evening.

"We can expect an entirely different kind of day [this] morning," said forecaster John Eagleton.

"But as the day progresses, the weather will worsen. It will start to become very windy in the mid-afternoon with gusts of up to 100km expected to take hold.

"We will then see scattered showers moving in from the west, spreading across the east," he added. "The conditions will be far worse in the west, where we are expecting between 50mm and 60mm of rain in the next 48 hours, and there are real concerns that a number of rivers will burst their banks.

"In the east, conditions will still be bad, with around 20mm to 30mm of rain expected," he said.

Highest temperatures will range between 10C and 12C. The howling gales are expected to ease somewhat tonight.

However, the miserable wet weather will continue well into tomorrow night.

Flooding advice including how to identify flooding risks and protect property against flooding is available on www.flooding.ie.