Ireland New rainfall warning issued as flooding likely to strike nine counties
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Parts of Australia's east coast have been hit with heavy rain, forcing evacuations, power cuts and school closures - but it also brought one piece of very good news. Eight flood evacuation orders were issued for towns, including Narrabeen Lagoon, Moorebank, Chipping Norton and Milperra, and a number of flood warnings were also issued.The New South Wales Bureau of Meteorology said Sydney had seen 391.6mm of rain in four days - the wettest since 414.2mm fell between 2-5 February 1990.
Yet another rainfall warning has been issued across nine counties as weather conditions are due to deteriorate quickly.
Met Eireann issued the warning on Tuesday morning and it will come into effect at 4am on Wednesday until 4am on Thursday.
The warning is in place for Connacht, Longford, Donegal, Clare and Kerry.
For Connacht, Longford, Donegal, Clare and Kerry.
Valid: 4am Wednesday to 4am Thursday.
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann)
It reads: ‘Heavy rainfall through Wednesday into Wednesday night, with 25 to 40mm expected.
Status orange wind warning in place for west ahead of a day of cold, wintry weather
An estimated 3,000 homes and businesses were without power last night.Met Éireann issued the warning for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare and Kerry. It came into effect at 6am and will remain in place until 8pm this evening.
‘Localised flooding is likely as ground is saturated at the moment and river levels are elevated following recent heavy rainfall.’
The warning came after a bleak weather forecast, which suggested that snow and bitterly cold temperatures on the way.
The outlook for Tuesday reads: ‘Cold and blustery today, with sunny spells and scattered showers of rain or hail, with a risk of thunder.
‘Showers will be heavy and prolonged in places early this afternoon, merging to give longer spells of rain.
‘Showers will turn increasingly wintry in the north and west later this afternoon, with some snow possible over high ground. Maximum temperatures five to eight degrees, in fresh to strong and gusty westerly winds, up to gale force on Atlantic coasts.
Status Yellow snow-ice warning issued for 11 counties
The warning is valid for counties Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Dublin, Louth and Wicklow, as well as Connacht. Many areas dry & bright this afternoon with spells of sunshine. Scattered showers, becoming mainly confined to the NW. Cold but with less wind chill factor than recent days; highs 4-8C. Rain will move into west and southwest counties later & southerly winds will begin to freshen pic.twitter.com/5tPDGO4Rl8— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) February 12, 2020It is valid from 8pm tonight until 10am tomorrow. Met Éireann said that it will be “icy in parts tonight with wintry outbreaks.
‘Early tonight, showers will largely die out and most areas will be dry for a time, with clear spells and winds easing.
‘Cloud will increase from the Atlantic and outbreaks of rain will extend eastwards across the country, reaching all but the northeast by morning.
‘Cold at first, with minimum temperatures of zero to four degrees, coldest in the east and north, with frost and a risk of icy patches, but temperatures will rise later. Winds moderate westerly, later backing southerly in Atlantic coastal counties and freshening.’
Yellow weather rainfall warning extended to eastern parts with 20 counties now affected .
Met Éireann also warned of a risk of further flooding to parts of the country.The national forecaster issued a warning yesterday for 15 counties along the west coast and midlands. It applied to all of Connacht as well as Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Longford, Louth, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath, Clare and Tipperary.
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