Status Orange rainfall warning to continue for northwest

A Status Orange rainfall warning that was due to expire at 5:00pm this evening (Tuesday, August 25) will continue for one additional hour in northwestern counties.

The warning had originally been issued for all of Connacht, as well as counties Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Wexford, Cork, Kerry and Waterford.

While the Status Orange warning will lift at 5:00pm for Wexford, Cork, Kerry and Waterford, it will continue until 6:00pm for all of Connacht and Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal.

Met Éireann has said that further intense rainfall associated with Storm Francis is expected at times today. This, combined with overnight accumulations, will lead to some flash flooding.

This rainfall will further elevate river levels and may result in river flooding also.

Meanwhile, a Status Yellow rainfall warning will remain in place for the rest of the country until 9:00pm tonight.

Rainfall in these areas today is expected to lead to accumulations of 30mm to 50mm, with surface flooding.

As with the previous warning, rainfall in these areas will further elevate river levels and may result in river flooding.

Finally, a Status Yellow wind warning is in place for all of Munster, as well as counties Dublin, Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford and Wicklow.

This warning came into effect at 6:00am this morning and will remain in place until 7:00pm this evening.

Very windy or stormy conditions are expected on Tuesday as Storm Francis crosses Ireland.

Southwest winds veering westerly, reaching mean speeds of 55kph to 65kph, will bring widespread gusts of 90kph to 110kph – and possibly higher in exposed areas.