National Co-ordination Group to meet as Storm Desmond approaches

Met Éireann has issued three weather warnings, including a status red rainfall warning for Connacht, Donegal, Clare and Kerry

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The National Co-ordination Group for Severe Weather Emergencies will meet this afternoon after Met Eireann upgraded its weather warning to the highest level as Storm Desmond prepares to hit.

Further poor conditions are forecast for the next 48 hours, with extended periods of torrential rain expected for the northwest and west. It is forecast that Saturday will be an "exceptionally wet and windy day" for most parts of the country.

Watch the oncoming Storm Desmond live here.

Siobhan Ryan from Met Eireann is urging people to take the red warning seriously:

Met Éireann has issued three weather warnings for today and tomorrow.

Rainfall in excess of 70mm is expected in Connacht, Donegal, Clare and Kerry. The warning is in effect until 3am on Sunday.

Meanwhile an orange level wind warning is in place for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo. Southwest winds with mean speed of 55 to 75 km/h will gust 100 to 120 km/h, according to Met Éireann. 

Finally a status yellow wind warning from Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Roscommon, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford will come into effect from 3pm today until 9pm tomorrow night.

Up to 25 millimetres of rain fell yesterday, with spot flooding in several parts of the country.

Gardaí and fire brigade units reported flooding in areas of Waterford, Tramore and Dublin throughout the day:

Other areas affected included Kildare, Cork, Wexford, Meath, Laois, Down, Kilkenny and Wicklow.

Brian Farrell from the Road Safety Authority says speed is a particularly dangerous in wet conditions, and is urging motorists to slow down in the wet conditions: