A yellow rain and wind warning has been issued for Dublin and surrounding counties from 9pm this evening, as Storm Francis hits the capital.
Met Éireann issued the warning earlier today, with heavy rainfall expected for Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Louth, Wicklow, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath, Clare, Limerick and Tipperary from 9pm tonight, until 9pm on Tuesday, August 25.
A status yellow wind warning has also been issued for Dublin, Munster, Wexford and Wicklow, and is valid from 6am until 7pm, Tuesday, August 25.
In issuing the warnings, Met Eireann said: “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 will further elevate river levels and may result in river flooding also.
“[There will be] Southwest winds veering westerly, reaching mean speeds of 55 to 65km/h, and will bring widespread severe gusts of 90 to 110km/h (and possibly higher in exposed areas). Some disruption is likely and possibly structural damage.”
As the capital prepares for Storm Francis, the Road Safety Authority is asking road users to exercise caution while using the roads over the next few days. Drivers are being warned that on top of recent heavy rainfall and severe winds, Storm Francis has the potential to make road conditions even more hazardous over the next 24 hours.
Road users are advised to check local traffic and weather conditions before setting out on a journey. For advice on severe weather driving tips, please see severe weather advice on the RSA website or their social media.
For further weather updates, please visit Met Éireann’s website.