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Ireland weather: Met Éireann warns of potential flooding, power cuts, travel disruption during Storm Agnes

Storm Agnes is due to make landfall over Ireland on Wednesday, with Met Éireann warning of possible flooding, difficult travel conditions, power outages and some fallen trees.

A status orange rain warning has been issued for Cork and Kerry, with occasionally intense rain and very strong winds forecast.

Local people have been advised to prepare for difficult travel conditions, localised flooding, and poor visibility in a warning due to run between 9am and 3pm on Wednesday.

A status yellow rain warning has been issued for several counties across Munster and Leinster, specifically Carlow, Dublin, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, Cork, Kerry and Waterford. Heavy rain is forecast under the warning between 7am and midnight.

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A status yellow wind warning has also been issued for Northern counties.

Weather warnings

Source: Met Éireann

The first storm of the season, named by the UK Met Office, will bring “very windy” conditions, with “very strong and gusty southerly winds, veering westerly later on”, Met Éireann said.

The UK Met Office has also issued a yellow wind warning for Northern Ireland from 12pm on Wednesday until 7am on Thursday.

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The storm will make landfall in the southwest of the country around midday on Wednesday, although some regions will begin to feel the effects earlier in the morning, according to Met Éireann’s Linda Hughes.

“Rainfall at moment [is] looking like the biggest impact that we’re going to see, and potentially some severe winds as well,” Ms Hughes said.

“Rain will arrive in the southwest early tomorrow morning, around 6am... That’s going to move northeastwards across the country, so it will have reached all areas by around noon tomorrow, and it’ll continue throughout most of the day.

“Although it will be a wet day right across the country, the southwest will likely take the brunt of the heavy rainfall, with flooding a possibility in the region.

“Some very strong gusts will also develop in the south and southwest on Wednesday morning,” Ms Hughes said.

“The focus of the strongest winds will be in the same area as the heaviest rain, so that may have some impact with those two combined.”