Status Yellow Rainfall Warning In Place For Evening Ahead

Elaine Stenson
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It took thousands of commuters triple the normal time to get into work this morning because of the bad weather as a status yellow rainfall warning remains in place this afternoon for Leinster and Munster.

A number of roads around the country remain impassable and the Dublin Fire Brigade is reporting a high volume of calls.

It’s been a miserable few hours across the provinces with heavy rain set to continue until 9pm tonight.

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The River Tolka has burst its banks on the N3 in Dublin leading to disruptions on many bus routes while some homes are at risk of flooding in Tallaght.

Outside Dublin many roads in Kildare, Kerry, Limerick, Clare, Waterford and Tipperary are flooded.

Conor Faughan from the AA says thousands of people struggled to get into work this morning.

“People are reporting their daily commute is taking double or even triple the usual time. It’s exasperating, but you’ve got to stay courteous. Just because you’re frustrated, don’t block the yellow box, don’t drive in the bus lane, don’t take a risk with the orange lights.”

The wind and rain is expected to ease tonight, but according to Met Éireann it will then turn much colder.

John Eagleton is a forecaster with Met Éireann:

“I think it’s over the next three or four days that we’ll see the much colder weather. I think maximum temperatures tomorrow will be 5-8 degrees. It will drop another two or three degrees on Friday.”

The danger now is that the water on the flooded roads could turn to ice so people are being advised to be very careful over the next few days.