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Three weather warnings issued by Met Eireann

Met Eireann is forecasting heavy rainfall as Storm Herni comes in from the Atlantic
Met Eireann is forecasting heavy rainfall as Storm Herni comes in from the Atlantic

Met Eireann has issued three weather warnings as Ireland prepares to bear the brunt of Tropical Storm Henri.

The guys over at the National Meteorological Service are predicting a wet and windy few days as the tail end of the tropical storm comes in from the Atlantic Sea. 

In anticipation of heavy, widespread rainfall Met Eireann are warning that much of the country will experience persistent periods of precipitation. 

A status orange weather alert was issued this morning, along with two yellow weather warnings. 

The Status orange alert, which will be in place until tomorrow morning, was issued for the following counties: Connacht, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Tipperary.

Accumulations of 35 to 50 mm are likely in these areas. On high ground and mountainous regions in coastal counties, amounts of 60 to 70 mm are possible. Some flooding likely also.

Two lesser weather warnings were issued for the following counties: Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath and Waterford. 

These regions are expected to receive heavy rainfall and flooding in some places. Accumulations of 25 to 35mm are expected, Met Eireann said. 

They are already reporting flooding in many places, and are anticipating a lot more in the coming several days. 

Speaking yesterday, a Weather Network spokesman in the UK Richard Chapman said:

"Low pressure is then in control for Sunday with some more rain on the way.

"Most of this over Ireland, Wales, western and southern England, but then edging eastwards as the day progresses.

"Then it's a taste of autumn into the opening days of next week.

"Low pressure sits atop the British Isles and showers will be heavy and frequent, as will be longer spells of rain."

Rain will become widespread over the country during Sunday morning. Some further heavy falls can be expected, especially over parts of Munster and Connacht. 

The Road Safety Authority is advising all road users to take “extra care” over the weekend.

“Preparations should begin before rain starts to fall” said Arwen Foley, AA Roadwatch editor.

“Check your tyre pressure and tread depth - it might be time to replace your tyres as balding can be extremely dangerous in these conditions. Don’t forget about your window wipers too, they should be changed about once a year.”