Weather Alert issued for County Clare

Weather Alert issued for County Clare

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A rainbow and a bolt of lightning illuminate the dark skies over Clarecastle, Co. Clare last evening. Photo Brian Buckley
A rainbow and a bolt of lightning illuminate the dark skies over Clarecastle, Co. Clare last evening. Photo Brian Buckley

Met Éireann is warning that over three inches of rain could fall in parts of County Clare today and over the weekend.

The agency says some intense rainfall will occur at times from Friday through to Sunday night.

Southern and western counties, especially the coastal and mountainous areas, will get intense rainfall at times over short periods. Overall rainfall through the period could range from 60 to 90mm in these southern and western coastal counties.

Clare County Council said it has been advised by Met Eireann of the possibility of some very intensive rainfall bursts over short periods between mid-day today (Friday) October 17th and midnight on Sunday night, October 19th.

“Coastal and elevated areas are most at risk.  Localised flooding is a distinct possibility and people who have previously experienced flooding situations are advised to take appropriate precautions over the weekend,” the Council said.

Yesterday saw some torrential downpours across Clare with isolated thunderstorms. Shannon Airport recorded 13.4mm of rainfall yesterday evening.

Meanwhile, the remnants of Hurricane Gonzola will affect Ireland on Monday night. Strong winds will be accompanied by heavy rain as the system tracks to the northwest of Ireland.

The Category 4 Hurricane is presently recording winds of 220kph in Bermuda. It is expected to weaken as it tracks north to Nova Scotia before beginning its trek across The Atlantic. Read more here.

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