Weather warnings issued as heavy rains and storm winds descend on Ireland

Met Eireann has issued a series of alerts

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Met Eireann has issued a series of weather warnings ahead of strong winds and heavy rain on Tuesday.

The forecaster has issued a wind warning, a rainfall warning and a weather advisory – all status yellow - covering various parts of the country.

There is also a status orange gale warning in effect from 4pm on Monday, with gale to storm force south the southwesterly winds developing overnight and early tomorrow and all coasts and the Irish sea.

A status yellow wind warning covering the entire country comes as winds reaching 65km/h, with gusts of 110 km/h, are expected tonight and for some time tomorrow. The west coast will face the strongest winds.

There is also a rainfall warning in effect for west Munster, Connacht and Donegal. Heavy rain is expected overnight and on Tuesday morning, with rainfall of 30 to 40mm expected in those areas, and possibly even more on high ground.

There is a further status yellow warning for much of the western and southern coasts, with a combination of strong onshore winds, high tides and heavy rain bringing an increased risk of flooding overnight and tomorrow morning to exposed coastal areas in Wexford, Waterford, Kerry, Cork, Clare, Mayo and Galway.