By: William O’Toole
Many parts of the county experienced heavy flooding today and the bad news is that there is more on the way.
The rain might have stopped now and although flood waters have started to abate, it will only be a short reprieve, as more heavy wind and rain is set to cause further damage on Saturday and into the early days of next week.
Wicklow might not see the worst of Storm Desmond, which is set to sweep across the country tomorrow night, but with rivers already swollen and trees already weakened it still has the potential to cause damage.
Winds are set to reach gale force in Wicklow late Friday night and into Saturday, with gusts of 50kmh to 100km likely in places.
Saturday will see further heavy rain which is likely to lead to further flooding as soil saturation levels are at extremely high levels.
The worst of Storm Desmond is likely to be experienced in Coastal areas of Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Donegal, Derry with wind speeds expected to reach 130 kph.
And it gets worse, Wicklow Weather are also warning of another unsettled period for the early days of next week which could lead to further flooding.
The Aughrim based forecaster will also issue another weather alert tomorrow at lunchtime if there is further upgrades to wind or rain potential over the coming 48hrs. potential over the coming 48 hours.
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