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Storm Francis to bring up to 60mm of rain and gusts of up to 110km/h

A status orange rainfall warning has been issued ahead of the arrival of Storm Francis.

The alert is valid in Connacht, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Wexford, Cork, Kerry and Waterford from 9pm tonight (Monday, August 24th) until 5pm tomorrow (Tuesday, August 25th).

“Intense rainfall associated with Storm Francis is expected at times Monday night and Tuesday, leading to accumulations of 40 to 60mm (higher values in mountainous areas).”

“The most intense rainfall is expected to ease off in southern counties during Tuesday morning. Some flash flooding likely.”

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

Other counties

Meanwhile, Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Louth, Wicklow, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath, Clare, Limerick and Tipperary are being placed under a status yellow rainfall warning from 9pm tonight until 9pm on Tuesday.

“Intense rainfall associated with Storm Francis is expected at times Monday night and Tuesday, leading to accumulations of 30 to 50mm with surface flooding.”

This rainfall, the national forecaster warned, will further elevate river levels and may result in river flooding also.

Wind warning

Meanwhile, a status yellow wind warning will come into effect in Munster, Dublin, Wexford and Wicklow at 6am tomorrow (Tuesday) and will expire at 7pm.

“Very windy or stormy conditions are expected on Tuesday as Storm Francis crosses Ireland. Southwest winds, veering westerly, reaching mean speeds of 55 to 65km/h, will bring widespread severe gusts of 90 to 110km/h (and possibly higher in exposed areas). Some disruption is likely and possibly structural damage.”

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