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Friday, January 16, 2009

Warning of 'severe weather event' on Saturday

Met agencies are warning of severe weather with heavy rain and high winds for Saturday.

A weather warning issued by Met Eireann today reads,
Southerly winds, later veering west, will reach mean speeds of 35 to 45 knots (65 to 85 km/h) with gusts of 60 to 75 knots. (110 to 140 km/h). The highest gusts will be along exposed coasts, and over high ground.

Rainfall totals of 20 mm to 30 mm are possible over much of Connacht, West Munster and West Ulster, with totals of 15 mm to 20 mm elsewhere.
Some flooding is likely.
Met Eireann says it will be extremely windy and stormy, especially in the west of Munster.

Numerous trees are reported to be down around the county including one on the main Limerick to Shannon dual carriageway. AA Roadwatch is advising motorists to drive with extreme care and watch out for fallen debris.

(2.38pm)- The AA reports there is a fallen tree blocking the Limerick to Galbally road.

(2.56pm)- A 90m cargo vessel that had left Foynes in Co Limerick yesterday en route to Bordeaux, France has lost power and is drifting in the harsh weather conditions near Dingle bay,Kerry.

(3.45pm)-Falling trees have brought down power lines near Towerhill, Cappamore. Emergency services are reportedly at the scene.

(5.15pm)-Tree reported down on road in Athea, Co Limerick.

(5.24pm)- Emergency services are dealing with downed trees in the Ballyneety area.

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