Storm Deirdre to batter Kilkenny on one of busiest shopping days of year
STORM Deirdre will batter Kilkenny and the rest of the country with severe gusts of up to 130km/h on what is traditionally one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
Householders woke up to torrential rainfall this morning with heavy, and in some parts thundery, showers, particularly in the South and South West of the country.
Met Éireann has warned of “severe and hazardous” conditions with western and southern counties set to feel the force of the wind from the late afternoon.
Stormy conditions with “disruptive and damaging” gusts will track north and eastwards during the evening and early night.
Kilkenny has been included in a Status Orange alert, which is in place from 3pm until midnight tonight.
Met Éireann warned: “A developing depression (Storm Deirdre) will track northeast over Ireland during Saturday afternoon and evening and will bring wet and windy weather to all areas.
“West or northwest winds will reach mean speeds of 65km/h with gusts of 100km/h generally, with disruptive and damaging gusts to 130km/h likely for a few hours in western and southern counties in the late afternoon and transferring eastwards during the evening.”
Meanwhile, a status yellow warning has already come into effect for seven counties including neighbouring Waterford and Dublin, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath, Donegal and Cork.
These gusts are expected to reach highs of 65km/h and this warning is valid until 6pm this afternoon, when the orange warning for the entire island will be in place.
A Status Yellow rainfall warning is also in place as forecasters warn that heavy rain will see accumulations of up to 50mm in some places.
Mountainous areas could also see even more rainfall.
Motorists are being urged to take care on the roads and avoid driving during periods of heavy rain if possible.
With severe weather forecast for this weekend, retailers are expecting a drop of up to 20pc in high street shopping on one of the biggest traditional consumer days of the year.