WEATHER WARNING: Batten down the hatches – Storm Francis is coming!
Another weather alert has been issued for Kilkenny is as Storm Francis prepares to sweep across the country tonight.
Met Éireann warned the storm will likely lead to some destruction and possible structural damage when it makes landfall after 9pm.
Gusts of up to 110km/h are expected in some parts as well as rainfall accumulations of up to 60mm.
Met Éireann has issued a status orange rainfall warning for Connacht and counties Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Wexford, Cork, Kerry and Waterford.
The warning comes into effect at 9pm this evening and is in place until 5pm tomorrow.
A status yellow rainfall has been issued for Kilkenny, Wicklow, Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Louth, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath, Clare, Limerick and Tipperary.
That warning comes into effect at 9pm this evening and will be in place for 24 hours.
Met Éireann warned of rainfall accumulations “of 30 to 50mm with surface flooding”.
The national forecast added: “Very windy or stormy conditions are expected on Tuesday as Storm Francis crosses Ireland.
“Southwest winds veering westerly, reaching mean speeds of 55 to 65km/h, will bring widespread severe gusts of 90 to 110km/h (and possibly higher in exposed areas).
“Some disruption is likely and possibly structural damage.”