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Flooding expected in Cork, Kerry as Orange alert issued

A Status Orange rainfall warning has been issued for Cork and Kerry from midday tomorrow with flooding and difficult travelling conditions expected.

Persistent rain, heavy at times, is forecast by Met Éireann along with strong onshore winds, high tides and elevated river levels.

Flooding, wave overtopping and difficult travelling conditions are expected.

A Status Yellow rain warning for Cork and Kerry has been in effect since yesterday and will continue until the Orange alert begins at midday tomorrow.

Meanwhile, A Yellow rain warning for Waterford will come into force at 12pm tomorrow, lasting for 24 hours.

The recent period of high astronomical tides has passed with some localised flooding.

However, Cork City Council’s David Joyce said that Met Éireann is not predicting significant short-term intense bursts of rain, but steady falls for a 24-hour period from 12pm tomorrow.

Mr Joyce said the council will have teams on standby to respond and is advising householders and businesses to take precautionary measures to protect their properties.

Cork County Council said its crews are on standby in several known risk locations to deal with any potential impacts of the warning.

It said the event will differ from recent alerts as rainfall intensity is expected to be moderate to steady over the 24 hours, rather than high-intensity sudden downpours.

The rain, accompanied by strong onshore winds, high tides and elevated river levels, may lead to flooding, wave overtopping and difficult travelling conditions.

The local authority said its crews are clearing inlets and gullies and river levels will continue to be monitored.

Property owners in low-lying areas or those susceptible to flooding are being advised to take precautions.

The Road Safety Authority is asking road users to exercise caution.

It said tpeople in areas affected by the Orange warning should check traffic and weather conditions before starting a journey.

Motorists are being asked to avoid driving through flowing or standing water and to be conscious of cyclists and pedestrians.

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