Ireland – Storm Warning

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Met Éireann, the Irish National Meteorological Service, has issued a storm warning for torrential rain and high winds tomorrow, with the south of the country and east Leinster most at risk.

At 5pm this evening the Southeast gales or strong gales will develop overnight on all Irish coastal waters and on the Irish Sea. Winds veering southerly will reach storm force tomorrow on coasts from Carnsore Point to Valentia to Slyne Head. 

Met Éireann, also warned that a combination of high winds, heavy rainfall, abnormally low pressure and high tides will cause dangerous conditions in south Munster and east Leinster during Wednesday 15th August. Gale to strong gale force easterly winds, later veering southeasterly to southerly, will occur. Frequent spells of rain will result in accumulations of 30 to 50 mm generally, with higher totals possible in mountainous areas. The will be a high risk of coastal and river flooding. 

Vincent O’Shea from Met Eireann spoke to Newstalk today about what to expect

Homes and businesses are urged to be prepared for flooding:

  • Make sure friends, family and neighbours are aware and prepared – especially if they are elderly or vulnerable.
  • Move business stock and supplies into a safe place.
  • Move important documents and valuable items to a higher place.
  • Get your flood kit* and keep it with you. 
  • Install flood protection, such as sandbags, to your property.
  • Move vehicles out of the flood risk area.
  • Secure any loose items in your garden.
  • Charge your mobile phone.
  • Monitor the weather updates

*Prepare a family flood kit and keep this is in a handy place. The kit should include a torch, first aid kit, warm and waterproof shoes and clothing, supplies of prescription medicines, bottled water, food, rubber gloves, children’s supplies, pet supplies, insurance details, portable radio and spare batteries, and a bag or rucksack in case of evacuation.