Gusts of up to 110kph forecast this weekend

A second weather warning has been issued by Met Eireann, with gusts of up to 110kph forecast this weekend.

A status yellow rainfall warning remains in place today (October 19). There is a danger of heavy rain falling in some areas, with accumulations expected to range from 30mm to 50mm.

Issued yesterday, the warning is set to affect Munster as well as counties Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow and Meath.

Adding to this, Met Eireann has also issued a status yellow wind warning – as an Atlantic depression is expected to track eastwards over parts of the country on Saturday (October 21).

South to south-easterly winds on Friday night are set to veer north-westerly on Saturday and are expected to reach yellow warning criteria at that stage.

There is potential for mean wind speeds of 50-60kph and gusts of between 90kph and 110kph, especially in coastal counties, Met Eireann explained.

These stormy conditions follow on from the destruction caused by ex-hurricane Ophelia earlier this week.

Counties along the southern coast were the worst affected by the storm, with the high winds tearing trees out of the ground. On Monday, gusts reached speeds of up to 190kph at times.

Meanwhile, ESB workers are working to try and get the network back up and running. It has confirmed that a total of 312,000 homes and business have now had their power restored.

Workers are currently trying to restore the remaining 74,000 customers that are without power as a result of the damage caused by the storm.

Thousands of farmers have been left without power, with dairy farmers facing particular struggles as they try to source generators in order to allow them milk their cows.

It is hoped that power will be fully restored to all affected by the storm in the coming days.

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