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17/10/2021

Downpours alert: Watch out for heavy rain tomorrow night

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Motorists have been warned about downpours of up to three inches of rain in parts of the country tomorrow night into Friday morning. The Road Safety Authority (RSA) issued a warning for Connacht as well as Cos Donegal, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Tipperary. Earlier Met Eireann issued a level orange alert and cautioned about spot flooding and rainfall levels of 35 to 50mm, but up to 70mm possibly on hilly ground and on mountains. A RSA spokesman said: "The poor weather will create potentially hazardous conditions for road users. "It takes longer to stop a vehicle on wet roads so slow down and allow extra distance between you and the vehicle in front, 4 seconds at a minimum. "Take special care when driving behind trucks or buses as they generate a considerable amount of spray which reduces your visibility. "Watch out for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists."

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