Storm Ciarán’s arrival over Ireland could bring flooding, reduced visibility and difficult travelling conditions.
Met Eireann has issued three weather warnings, including a status yellow rain alert for Carlow and Kilkenny as well as Wexford, Wicklow, Cork and Waterford.
Counties Clare, Galway and Kerry are under a separate wind alert, while Kerry is under a stand-alone rain warning until midday.
Alan O’Reilly from Carlow Weather says “So Storm Ciaran will track to the south of Ireland but there is a risk of some heavy rainfall catching southern and south eastern areas particularly and also some parts of the east coast, rainfall amounts are still a little bit unclear even at this late stage but there is the potential for another 20-40 mm to fall in some parts particularly close to the south and south east coast”.
He adds “We have a little bit of respite after Storm Ciaran clears away but there will still be more rain again unfortunately on Saturday with a risk of some very heavy rainfall again on Saturday as another low system comes towards us so really at the moment it is staying very unsettled unfortunately into the weekend”.
A spokesperson for Kilkenny County Council says they’ll have sandbags available at all council depots across the county.