Further rainfall warning as thousands without power following Storm Francis

Met Éireann is warning of more potential flooding across the country today as a result of Storm Francis. Heavy rain overnight and strong winds caused damage to properties and roads, with counties in Munster worst affected.

Power outages are affecting more than 13,000 customers across the country as a result of faults.

A Status Orange rainfall warning remains in place for Connacht, Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal until 6:00pm today (Tuesday, August 25). It’s the second highest warning which can be issued by the national weather forecaster.

Heavy rainfall today combined with overnight accumulations will lead to some flash flooding and rivers may burst their banks.

Status Yellow Wind Warning

A Status Yellow wind warning is in place for Munster, Dublin, Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford and Wicklow. Southwest winds are veering westerly, reaching mean speeds of 55 to 65kph. This will bring widespread gusts of 90 to 110kph.

The wind warning will remain in place until 7:00pm today (Tuesday, August 25).

A Status Yellow rainfall warning is in place for the rest of the country, particularly Munster, the east and midlands. Heavy rain could lead to accumulations of 30mm to 50mm with surface flooding.

Weather conditions favourable to the spread of potato blight

There is also a warning for potato blight, which Met Éireann says will continue for much of Ireland for the coming week.

Farms and businesses impacted by electricity outages

Flooding and wind has also had a significant impact on the electricity supply to many homes, farms and businesses across the country.

More than 13,000 ESB customers are affected with Cork, Limerick, Tipperary and Roscommon worst hit.

ESB Networks has crews on site in many areas with estimated restoration times of later today.