A status yellow weather warning for rain was issued yesterday for Munster, Dublin, Carlow, Kilkenny, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow and Meath, and is valid until midnight tonight, with heavy rain expected with accumulations between 30mm and 50mm possible.
City Hall said the latest estimate is that between 15mm and 20mm could fall in Cork City today.
The news emerged last night as members of the Defence Forces — with specialist chainsaw skills — were deployed to help clear some of the city areas worst hit by Monday’s unprecedented hurricane-force winds.
[social=twitter]https://twitter.com/defenceforces/status/920604834084028416[/social[ They tackled fallen trees on Inchigaggin Lane and are due to focus their attention in some of the city’s parks, including Fitzgerald’s Park and Kennedy Park today.
“In addition there is also a possibility of heavy rain on Friday,” a spokesperson said.
“Wind speed won’t be as high as during Storm Ophelia but there is still a risk of further weather damage on Thursday and Friday due to the fragile status of trees and damaged built structures following the recent hurricane winds.
The company said it has deployed 2,500 staff in the recovery effort, and an additional 1,000 contractors have been drafted in, with additional resources from the North, Britain and France helping in the repair and reconnection effort.
Their massive root systems ripped up tarmac and pavement, leaving gaping 15ft craters along one of the main access routes to the region’s flagship GAA stadium.Dublin is located in the province of Leinster on the east coast of Ireland, at the mouth of the River Liffey and bordered on the South by the Wicklow Mountains.The city has an urban area population of 1,173,179.The warning was issued last night as the army was deployed on the streets to help with the massive cleanup operation in the wake of hurricane-force Ophelia.Council engineers are monitoring river levels and liaising closely with weather forecasters amid fears the region could take a direct hit from Storm Brian, which is expected to make its presence felt later today and tomorrow.As of 2010, Dublin was listed by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (Ga WC) as a global city, with a ranking of "Alpha-", which places it amongst the top thirty cities in the world.) "pool", referring to a dark tidal pool.This tidal pool was located where the River Poddle entered the Liffey, on the site of the castle gardens at the rear of Dublin Castle.“Flooding is also possible at Morrisons Island, South Terrace and Wandesford Quay from 5.30pm to 7.30pm on Friday due to high tides.“Over the next 24 hours the storm surge model will be monitored and a further update will issue today.” Business and property owners in flood-risk areas have been advised to be on standby to take precautions to protect their property.Health services are expected to gradually return to normal over the next few days, however some continued disruption is likely.It is expected that emergency departments and GP clinics will be very busy over the next few days, with increased demands on those services.