Updated: 13/09/17 : 05:50:33
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Rainfall alert for Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal and Mayo today

The first named storm of the year will bring severe gales to central parts of the UK as Met Eireann reveal severe winds will become northwesterly.

A weather warning for eight Irish counties has been extended – as Storm Aileen is set to batter the country with gusts of up to 110km/h.

A rainfall alert has been put in place for Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal and Mayo – from 2pm today right up until 2pm tomorrow.

A Status Yellow alert by Met Eireann was issued yesterday for Dublin, Wexford, Wicklow, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Waterford starting at 3pm, and this morning revealed it has been extended to kick in at 2pm today.

A forecaster revealed: “A deepening depression is expected to track eastwards across the centre of Ireland – Galway to Dublin – this evening with a band of very strong winds on its southern and western flanks, which will affect coastal counties of the southwest, south and possibly parts of the east coast later.

“Southwest to west winds are expected to increase to mean speed of 50 to 65km/h, with gusts of 90 to 110km/h this afternoon in coastal counties of the southwest and south, with the severe winds becoming northwesterly and possibly transferring to parts of the east coast later this evening or early tonight.

“Winds will be at their strongest in exposed coastal areas.

“For Sligo, Donegal, Leitrim and Mayo, we’ll see heavy rain with locally thundery bursts developing today, turning more showery tonight and for tomorrow with totals 25 to 40 mm in parts.”