Met Éireann is forecasting a calm, mostly dry day today after heavy overnight rains continued to batter much of the country, causing many areas to suffer local flooding.
According to ESB Networks, thousands of homes and businesses in coastal counties are still without power, and many are not expected to get power again until this evening.
Small boat warnings remain in place for most of Ireland’s coast, but the yellow and orange rain and thunderstorm warnings in force yesterday have all been lifted.
There will be a few showers today, but it will be mainly dry, with highs of 15-18C. However, later in the day it will turn rainy and windy again in the south-west, with persistent rain developing, Met Éireann said.
Rain will spread from Munster to the rest of the country overnight, but the north remains relatively dry, with lows of 10 to 13 and gusty winds.
On Friday it will be windy again with rain and showers and highs of 14 to 17.
The forecaster said low pressure will dominate the weekend and Monday, bringing rain or showers most days.
The first named storm of the season, Storm Armand, brought torrential downpour and thunderstorms throughout the day Wednesday, rendering many roads impassable.
These included a section of the northbound M50 that flooded between Finglas and Ballymun in Dublin, causing chaos at the height of rush hour last night.
The storm smoldered a wind turbine off the coast of Wicklow after it was struck by lightning yesterday afternoon.
The turbine, about 10 km from Arklow, caught fire after being struck just after 12:30 p.m.
It is owned by GE Renewable Energy, which operates the Arklow Wind Bank.
A company spokesman said: “On 19 October 2022 an offshore wind turbine event was reported at Arklow Bank offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea.
“There were no injuries. The Coast Guard has been notified. As soon as weather conditions permit and we can safely access the site, we will begin work to determine the cause of this event.”
Heavy rain also hit the Leinster House, causing leaks from the roof to the floor of the Dáil.
Fianna Fáil TD Cathal Crowe told RTÉ Radio 1 live line show that there were “many leaks in the Dáil, but never one with water”.
“So right now it’s raining on some of the front benches,” he added.
“I don’t have a lot of hair on my head anymore, but I was concerned that the microphone might shock me. We have had many leaks around the Dáil but this is the first water leak we have had.
“While we were debating we could see it flashing with lightning as it’s quiet
there’s a nasty storm brewing out there.
“There’s a big glass dome up there [the roof] and the water comes from there. Hopefully they patch that up with some duct tape and get us up and running again.”
Flooding hit Greystones, Co. Wicklow, with motorists being advised to avoid the main road where traffic was at a standstill.
Met Éireann meteorologist Aoife Kealy said unsettled weather will continue into the weekend and rain will be heaviest in counties under a status orange warning.
“When the rain stops, there will be slightly drier weather for a while [tomorrow]but that’s going to be pretty short-lived, because we will
More rain is coming in from the south-west on Friday and that will then continue through the weekend,” Ms Kealy said.
The traffic safety authority also advised road users to exercise extreme caution in the bad weather.
A status orange thunderstorm warning issued by Met Éireann, indicating the possibility of intense lightning strikes, remained in effect for counties Kilkenny, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford until 9pm last night.
A status orange rain warning, warning of very heavy rain and the possibility of intense downpours that can cause local flooding, as well as embedded thunderstorms, remained in place through midnight for counties Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow.
Much of the country was on a status yellow rain warning until midnight, while counties Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath and Wexford were on a status yellow thunderstorm warning until 10pm last night , Wicklow, Cavan, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Galway, Leitrim and Roscommon.
https://www.independent.ie/news/weather-ireland-met-eireann-predicts-a-lull-today-after-thunderstorms-and-flooding-42080889.html Weather Ireland: Met Éireann is forecasting a calm spell today after thunderstorms and flooding