Laois is on alert ahead of torrential rain forecast to hit by lunchtime today

Lynda Kiernan

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Lynda Kiernan

Laois is on alert ahead of torrential rain forecast to hit by lunchtime today

Glenbarrow waterfall in flood last January in the Slieve Bloom Mountains. Torrential rain is forecast today June 1.

Drivers are urged to be extra cautious on Laois roads and motorways with torrential rain and spot flooding forecasted today.

Laois County Council is on alert ahead of the torrential rain forecast by Met Éireann to hit Leinster and most of Ireland today June 1.

Director of Services in charge of Transportation and Emergency Services is Kieran Kehoe.

"Laois County Council are monitoring the situation at present and would ask that people note the Yellow Weather Warning in place for all of the Counties in Leinster and many other Counties in Ireland," he told the Leinster Express this morning.

He urges road users to be extra careful because roads will be greasy after the dry spell.

"All road users are asked to exercise caution if travelling during or after the predicted rainfall as there will be accumulations of surface water and after such an extended dry spell roads will be greasy and stopping / braking conditions will be much longer than normal," Mr Kehoe said.

The rain, with spot flooding and thunder, is forecast by Met Eireann to hit Leinster by lunchtime, read it here.