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Hazardous conditions Two Status Yellow warnings issued for 10 counties as flooding forecast

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Heavy rain (stock)

Heavy rain (stock)

Heavy rain (stock)

MET Éireann has issued a second Status Yellow rain warning to five new counties as the risk of flooding increases today.

The first rainfall warning was issued for Galway, Mayo, Cork, Kerry and Waterford as heavy rain battered the coastal counties from early this morning.

The warning is in place until 6pm this evening, with up to 50 mm of rain set to drench the west and southwest bringing a high risk of flooding.

The second Status Yellow rainfall warning came into effect for Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow and Tipperary at 5am on Wednesday morning and will last for 12 hours until 5pm.

Forecasters believe that between 25 and 35 mm of rain will fall, which will lead to flooding in some places.

Met Éireann has reminded motorists that due to the poor weather they can expect reduced visibility and hazardous driving conditions on the roads.

These conditions are expected to ease later on tonight however, the unsettled weather will continue tomorrow.

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Flooding (stock) (Damien Storan/PA)

Flooding (stock) (Damien Storan/PA)

Flooding (stock) (Damien Storan/PA)

“It will be windy this morning and wet or becoming wet with persistent and at times heavy rain in the west spreading eastwards through the day,” said Met Éireann.

“Localised flooding will occur, especially in parts of the west this morning and in the southeast this afternoon.

“Rain will ease in the west during the afternoon but will persist in eastern areas through the evening.

“Expect highest temperatures of 12 to 14 degrees but turning cooler this afternoon from the west, as fresh to strong and gusty southerly winds veer westerly and ease.

“Thursday will begin largely dry and bright.

“Patchy rain and drizzle will move in from the west with thickening cloud during the morning before outbreaks of rain move into western and southern counties later in the afternoon as blustery conditions develop.

“The rain will become persistent and heavy as it slowly moves eastwards during the evening.

“Expect highest temperatures of 10 to 13 degrees with fresh and gusty southerly winds.

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