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Storm Dennis has officially arrived in Ireland

By Darragh Murphy

February 15, 2020 at 9:48am

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People in Ireland are waking up to the sounds of gale force winds and driving rain as Storm Dennis officially arrived on Saturday morning.

Fresh from similar conditions brought by Storm Ciara last weekend, Storm Dennis is currently bringing very wet and windy weather to Ireland.

Two Status Yellow weather warnings are now in place for the entire country.

A Status Yellow wind warning is in effect until 8pm on Saturday evening while the Status Yellow rainfall warning is valid until 9pm on Saturday night.

Additional warnings are expected from Met Eireann, who have made it clear that the effects of Storm Dennis will continue into Sunday.

The national forecast reads: "Storm Dennis will bring very wet and windy weather today with some severe/damaging gusts. Outbreaks of rain will occur widely, accompanied by strong to gale force southerly winds. The rain will be squally at times with a risk of embedded thunderstorms. Localised flooding is expected with some coastal overtopping along the Atlantic seaboard. Highest temperatures of 9 to 12 degrees.

"Further spells of heavy rain tonight with some thundery downpours and the ongoing risk of flooding. The rain will eventually break up into showers towards dawn. Winds will ease off somewhat for a time inland, but gales will continue in coastal counties. Lowest temperatures of 1 to 4 degrees.

"The effects of Storm Dennis will continue on Sunday. A very windy day with stormy conditions in Atlantic coastal counties. Sunshine and widespread heavy squally showers, especially in the north and west, with a risk of hail and thunder. Some of the showers may turn wintry on higher ground. Highest temperatures of 7 to 9 degrees, but feeling colder in strong to gale force southwest winds, with severe and damaging gusts."

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