Kerry takes an overnight lashing

Flood waters: Siubhan Lewis and her dog Billie at the foot of Mangerton at 8.30 this morning

KERRY was subjected to an overnight drenching as a torrential downpour lashed the county and the bad news is it will continue to come down for much of this Wednesday.

The heavy rain weather alert will remain in place until 6 o’clock this evening and the public has been warned to be extra careful on the roads around the county.

Lakes and rivers swelled dramatically overnight and spot flooding and surface water has been reported on many roads throughout the county this morning.

Problem areas, according to Kerry County Council, include the N72 near Beaufort and the N70 at Mountain Stage and motorists should proceed with care in those locations.

Significant rainfall is forecast until noon and it could continue for several hours after that.

Met Éireann said it will remain very wet and windy with heavy rain, along with the ongoing risk of flooding and reduced visibility.

During the afternoon, the rain will begin to ease off in with some sunny spells developing but rain will persist further east into the evening hours.

Strong and gusty southerly winds will veer westerly as a clearance very gradually sets in. Highest temperatures will reach 12 or 13 degrees.

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