Red Alert: Met Éireann Issues Red Status Rainfall Warning For Kerry

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Get used to this!

WE haven’t had one of these for a while thank God, but Met Eireann have issued a Status Red Rainfall alert for Kerry this weekend.

There will be incessant falls of heavy rain overnight and for all of Saturday. Accumulations in excess of 70mm are expected, with greater totals on higher ground.

The Red alert – which is valid from Friday at 6pm to 3am on Sunday morning – is for Kerry, Clare, Connacht and Donegal, so the west coast is set to take a battering.

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Here’s how Met Eireann describes a Red level warning: “The issue of RED level severe weather warnings should be a comparatively rare event and implies that recipients take action to protect themselves and/or their properties; this could be by moving their families out of the danger zone temporarily; by staying indoors; or by other specific actions aimed at mitigating the effects of the weather conditions.”

As if the rain wasn’t bad enough, they’ve also issued a Status Yellow alert Wind Warning for Kerry, Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Roscommon, Cork,  Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford.

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The alert – which is valid from 3pm on Friday to Saturday at 9pm – means southwest winds with mean speeds of 50 to 65km/h will gust 90 to 100km/h.

Bad news for people thinking of strolling around the shops on Saturday. There’s always Sunday though…hopefully!

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