Met Éireann issues rainfall warning for seven counties 1 year ago

Met Éireann issues rainfall warning for seven counties

Fresh off the back of Storm Ali, Met Éireann has warned that seven counties will experience flooding today (20 September).

In a Status Yellow rainfall warning issued at 11pm on Wednesday night, Met Éireann advised that Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, Cork, Tipperary and Waterford were all at risk of dangerous rainfall today.

In a statement, Met Éireann said: "Rain will be persistent and heavy at times especially during the afternoon with risk of spot flooding. Totals of 25 to 40mm expected, highest values likely near coast."

At the time of writing, Met Éireann expect the weather warning to remain in effect for 12 hours — from 9am this morning until 9pm this evening.

Tánaiste Simon Coveney told RTÉ yesterday that people aren't paying enough attention to weather warnings. Asked whether the government had been adequately prepared for Storm Ali, Coveney said: "The weather warnings have been there and been clear for a number of days now in terms of (Status) Orange and Yellow (alerts)."

"I think sometimes when people don't see a red warning, they assume that everything will be fine."

Two people were killed as a result of the storm; a woman in Galway who was inside a caravan that was blown off a cliff on Wednesday morning and a man who was struck by a falling tree in Armagh.