Met Éireann Issues Highest Level Weather Warning

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Weather as of 4.36pm 4th December 2015

Met Éireann has issued a status red weather warning for Connacht, Donegal, Clare and Kerry, along with other warnings for several parts of the country.

Screenshot above indicates the severity of the weather from forecast.io

Authorities are advising the public to avoid nonessential travel to the affected areas.

It warns of incessant falls of torrential rain overnight and for all of Saturday as Storm Desmond hits the country.

The warning is valid from 6pm tonight to 3am on Sunday morning.

Status orange and yellow warnings are in place across the country.

Here’s a full breakdown of all weather warnings in place:

  • Status red rainfall warning for Connacht, Donegal Clare, and Kerry.

Incessant falls of heavy rain overnight and for all of Saturday. Accumulations in excess of 70mm expected, with greater totals on higher ground. Valid from 6pm tonight to 3am Sunday morning.

  • Status orange wind warning for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo

Southwest winds with mean speed of 55 to 75 km/h will gust 100 to 120 km/h. Winds will be strongest for coastal areas. Valid from 9am today to 6pm Saturday.

  • Status orange rainfall warning for Cavan, Clare, Cork and Limerick

Incessant falls of heavy rain overnight and for all of Saturday. Accumulations of 50 to 70mm expected. Valid from 9pm tonight to 3am Sunday morning.

A Limerick City and County Council spokesperson said: “Spot flooding is considered likely due to the volume of rain that is forecast to fall on already saturated ground. We are advising property owners in flood prone locations and motorists to exercise vigilance during the period.”

  • Status yellow wind warning for Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Roscommon, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford

Southwest winds with mean speeds of 50 to 65km/h will gust 90 to 100km/h. Valid from 3pm today to 9pm on Saturday.

  • Status yellow rainfall warning for Leinster, Monaghan, Tipperary and Waterford

Heavy rain tonight and all day Saturday. Rainfall totals of 30 to 50 mm. Valid from midnight tonight until midnight Saturday.

The RSA also has this advice for driving in flooded conditions:

  • If the road ahead is flooded choose another route, DO NOT attempt to drive through it. Flooded roads that appear shallow could be deeper than you think.
  • After going through water, drive slowly with your foot on the brake pedal for a short distance – this helps to dry the brakes. Sometimes roads can be closed due to their fragile state after wet weather or because they are blocked by flooding.
  • On narrow roads only one car at a time should go through the flooded areaso as to avoid one flooding the other.
  • Watch out for washed out roads, earth slides, broken water or sewer mains, loose or downed electrical wires, and fallen or falling objects
  • If you are inside a vehicle and water is rising rapidly around you, abandon the vehicle immediately. If you have to leave your vehicle, be careful of strong currents and debris.