Met Éireann has upgraded its weather warning for severe thundrestorms to a Status Orange.
The thunder warning covers Laois, Offaly, Longford, Westmeath, Meath, Cavan, Monaghan, Clare, Limerick, Tipperary and all of Connacht.
A Status Orange warning is issued for weather conditions that have the capacity to impact significantly on people in the affected areas. MORE ABOUT WEATHER WARNINGS
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Here's the rainfall forecast for the rest of today.— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) June 8, 2018
Note the very heavy, thundery showers through many central & western areas.
A reminder that we have an Orange Thunderstorm Warning in operation, details here: https://t.co/b24grJkqcb pic.twitter.com/IHG1mTGGEj
Met Éireann forecast "widespread thunderstorms with frequent lightning this afternoon and evening."
They said that it could could large amounts of rainfall in a short period of time with spot flooding likely in the affected counties.
The warning is valid from Friday lunchtime until 11pm on Friday night.
Warning Update: An Status Orange Thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of the midlands and west, with a Status Yellow Thunderstorm warning also issued for further counties. Please see https://t.co/ozrQHtoOkt for further information. pic.twitter.com/hcZxxMw2am— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) June 8, 2018