Kilkenny braces for more high winds and rain

Kilkenny is bracing itself for more high winds and heavy rain, as the entire country is battered by its worst storm in 26 years.

Kilkenny is bracing itself for more high winds and heavy rain, as the entire country is battered by its worst storm in 26 years.

Gardai are urging road users to take care when travelling. They are warning that localised flooding may occur and have asked motorists to use headlights where appropriate, as visibility may be reduced.

Figures from www.kilkennyweather.com show that over 17mm of rainfall had fallen since midnight, as of 11.30 this morning. Current rain levels are 1.9mm, with an average windspeed of 13.3km/h and gusts of up to 24km/h.

Niall Dollard, who runs the local website, says that the worst of the rain has likely passed, but that winds will remain strong and may create a danger of fallen branches. A number of rivers around the county are swollen, while the south has seen some roads submerged.

Meanwhile, racing today has been cancelled at Gowran Park, due to the waterlogged track.