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29/10/20 - A period of very unsettled weather is in store for County Donegal over the Halloween weekend as a series of vigorous Atlantic weather systems pass close to the coast of Ireland


Met Éireann have issued a status yellow rainfall warning for County Donegal from 00.01hrs on Thursday, 29th of October until 06.00hrs on Friday, 30th of October. This may lead to rainfall accumulations of between 30 to 60mm with more expected on higher ground. In addition there is also a status yellow wind warning in effect from 01.00hrs on Saturday, 31st of October until 15.00hrs on the same day for strong to gale force southerly winds veering westerly. Some strong and damaging gusts are also predicted during this time.


Spells of heavy rain, coupled with the fact that the ground is already saturated, will mean that some localised surface and river flooding is likely. As flood water may overwhelm drains and gullies, property owners / occupiers are asked to check these for potential blockages.


High winds are expected throughout Friday night and into Saturday afternoon so again property owners / occupiers are asked to ensure that all garden furniture and outdoor play items such as goal posts, trampolines etc. are stowed away securely so as to prevent them being blown away and becoming a hazard to road users and members of the public.


Motorists are being asked to take extra care while driving during the heavy rainfall and to be mindful of the potential risk of spot flooding along the road network.


Beach goers and walkers along exposed coasts should be aware that there will be instances of extremely high wave activity during this period and are asked to remain vigilant and to heed the Irish Coast Guard’s advice to ‘stay back, stay high and stay dry’.


Donegal County Council’s Severe Weather Assessment Team are continuing to monitor the situation and will provide additional updates if conditions deteriorate further.


Donegal County Council can be contacted during normal business hours on 074 91 53900 or, in the event of an out-of-hours emergency, the Council’s Road Service can be contacted on 074 91 72288.  For emergencies requiring the assistance of the Fire Service please call 999 or 112.


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