Yellow warning for heavy rain in NI

Thousands of ESB customers currently without power

News Advance heavy seas reach landfall outside Kinsale in County Cork

A mid-level status orange wind warning is in place for the county between midnight saturday and noon.

Cork City Council officials are carefully monitoring rainfall levels amid fears that, in combination with a high tide, parts of the city quays could flood.

Ireland's recent spell of bad weather is set to continue after Met √Čireann issued a new Weather Warning for the entire country.

"The winds initially southwesterly will gradually turn westerly later whilst also slowly easing".

"Gusts exceeding 50 miles per hour are expected widely within the warning area, with gusts of around 70 miles per hour along exposed coastal areas". These are expected to coincide with high tides, leading to locally unsafe conditions around the coast.

Less than 50 homes and businesses in the south and east of Northern Ireland were still without power on Wednesday evening, said NIE Networks.

The Met Office is celebrating 150 uninterrupted years of the Shipping Forecast, which is believed to be the longest-running continuous...

The second weather warning today.

As this weather system approaches it will bring south to southeasterly winds on Friday night.

"Some coastal routes and communities are likely to be affected by large waves, with potential for flooding of properties. We're working with partners including the Met Office and local authorities to monitor the situation and are ready to respond as necessary", added Baptiste.

Renfrewshire is likely to be hit by the tail end of Hurricane Ophelia on Monday.

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