Rainfall warning issued in the wake of ex-hurricane Ophelia

A status yellow rainfall warning has been issued by Met Eireann for parts of the country in the wake of ex-hurricane Ophelia.

The warning, issued earlier this morning, is set to affect Munster as well as counties Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow and Meath.

Heavy rain is forecast in these areas, with accumulations of between 30mm and 50mm possible, Met Eireann explained.

The warning is set to be valid for a 24-hour period and it is scheduled to begin from midnight tonight.

Speculation is rising that Ireland could be hit by a second storm this weekend, with strong winds and heavy rain likely.

This potential storm could follow just days after Ireland was left reeling by ex-hurricane Ophelia. Gusts reached speeds of approximately 190kph in certain parts of the country.

A total of three people sadly lost their lives in accidents on Monday, October 16, as a result of the storm.

Countless trees, telephone poles and electricity lines were blown down, as a status red weather warning remained in place.

During the height of the storm the number of power outages reported by the ESB exceeded 360,000. Since then, the ESB claims that 255,000 homes and business – or around 70% of those affected by the storm – have had power restored.

The 30% of ESB customers who remain without power are mainly situated along the south coast.