Status Orange rainfall warning issued as Storm Francis approaches

Met Éireann has issued a Status Orange rainfall warning for Connacht and a number of counties as Storm Francis approaches Ireland.

The warning was issued this morning (Monday, August 24) at 11:00am and the warning is in place for 9:00pm tonight until 5:00pm tomorrow (Tuesday, August 25).

The warning is in place for: Connacht; Cavan; Monaghan; Donegal; Wexford; Cork; Kerry; and Waterford.

According to Met Éireann, intense rainfall associated with Storm Francis is expected at times tonight and tomorrow, leading to rainfall accumulations of 40mm to 60mm, higher in mountainous areas.

Flash flooding is likely, along with river flooding as the rainfall further elevates river levels.

Status Yellow warnings

A Status Yellow rainfall warning has been issued for: Dublin; Carlow; Kildare; Kilkenny; Laois; Longford; Louth; Wicklow; Offaly; Westmeath; Meath; Clare; Limerick; and Tipperary.

The warning is in place for 9:00pm tonight (Monday, August 24) until 9:00pm tomorrow (Tuesday, August 25).

A Status Yellow wind warning is also in place from 6:00am tomorrow until 7:00pm the same day for Munster, Dublin, Wexford and Wicklow.

Met Éireann said that very stormy conditions with severe gusts are expected tomorrow as Storm Francis crosses Ireland. Some disruption and possible structural damage is expected.

Storm Ellen

As a result of Storm Ellen last week (Thursday, August 20) nearly 195,000 farms, homes and businesses were without power across Ireland.

Last week, a Status Red wind warning had been issued for Co. Cork. Over 30,000 homes and businesses were reportedly without power in the county.