Council issues flood warning following Status Red rainfall alert

Kerry County Council says there is a high risk of localised flooding in the county between now and Sunday morning following the issuing of a Status Red rainfall warning for Kerry. meteireann ‘Storm Desmond’ is expected to bring more than 70 millimetres of rain overnight and into tomorrow with higher amounts expected on higher ground. It’s expected that a large number of events will be cancelled around the county tonight and tomorrow with people advised to check on arrangements before travelling. This is the first time ever that Met Éireann has issued a red alert for rainfall levels in Kerry. The warning is in place from 6 o’clock this evening through to Sunday at 3am. Met Éireann says it expects rainfall to be incessant over the next 24 to 36 hours. Gardaí are advising people to check ahead if they are attending events this weekend as many are being cancelled due to the weather. They’re also warning people to avoid any unnecessary travel while the weather alert is in operation. A spokesperson for Killarney National Park is advising the public to be mindful of flooding in the park, warning that some areas may be inaccessible due to flooding. Kerry County Council is asking the public to check on neighbours and take appropriate steps to protect their property. The council will be providing regular updates through Radio Kerry, on its website and on Twitter.