Residents put on the alert by text message

Localised flooding is a very real possibility overnight and throughout tomorrow

KERRY residents in areas prone to flooding have been put on alert with severe downpours, whipped up by strong to gale force southerly winds, expected overnight leading to the possibility of localised flooding.

Met Éireann has warned that persistent heavy rain is expected with lowest temperatures of three to five degrees occurring early in the night.

A Status Yellow rainfall warning has been put in place for Kerry until 4 o’clock on Friday afternoon with rainfall totals of 30 to 40mm expected in higher in mountainous regions.

Heavy rain on Thursday night and Friday may cause river flooding and localised surface flooding.

It will be extremely wet and windy Friday morning, with further falls of heavy rain giving a continued risk of flooding.

Kerry County Council has received a precautionary forecast warning of 40mm rainfall for certain areas until tomorrow afternoon and residents in the flooding blackspot of Glenflesk have been informed of the threat by test message.

Council crews will be on standby and the situation will be monitored.

It will become drier on Friday afternoon with rain clearing to showers and very mild weather is predicted for Saturday.

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