UPDATED: Carlow hit with severe wind and rain warnings as storm approaches

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Carlow hit with severe wind and rain warnings as storm approaches

Carlow has been included in a Status Yellow wind and rain warning from Met Éireann.

The national forecaster has issued a series of warnings covering the entire country with Carlow included in a number of separate alerts.

A wind warning was issued on Thursday for Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal and is valid from 8am on Friday morning until 7pm on Friday evening.

"Southeasterly winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65km/h with gusts of 90 to 110km/hr. Gusts will exceed these values in exposed coastal areas and on higher ground, especially in the southeast," the forecaster said. 

A more specific Status Yellow rainfall warning has also been issued for Carlow, along with Dublin, Waterford, Kildare, Kilkenny, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Galway, Mayo, Cork, Kerry and Tipperary.

Met Éireann warns that heavy rain will lead to accumulations of around 25 to 40mm but may exceed these limits in mountainous areas in these counties.

This warning is valid from 6am on Friday until 6pm on Friday evening. Standing water will remain an issue for motorists beyond the warning.