Tornadoes predicted for Ireland - EU forecasters

Wednesday 31 July 2013 23.23
ESTOFEX is forecasting heavy rain, tornadoes and the possibility of a large hail event
ESTOFEX is forecasting heavy rain, tornadoes and the possibility of a large hail event

European storm forecasters are predicting tornadoes may hit Ireland tomorrow.

The European Storm Forecast Experiment known as ESTOFEX, is forecasting heavy rain, severe wind gusts, tornadoes and the possibility of a large hail event.

The group of European meteorologists issue storm forecasts on a daily basis which address the threats posed by severe storms in Europe.

The body has issued a level 1 threat, which corresponds to a 5%- 15% chance that a severe convective storm will occur within a 40 km radius of Ireland.

ESTOFEX said the arrival of a cold front and jet streaks in the atmosphere could create conditions for a rapid thunderstorms which may include severe wind gusts and flash floods.

Met Éireann has issued a ‘yellow’ alert, warning of heavy rain with a risk of thunder and localised flooding, especially in the west.

Up to 30mm of rain is possible in parts of the west.

The Road Safety Authority has urged motorists to take extra care with heavy rain and localised flooding expected across the country.

RSA chief executive Noel Brett said the weather will present challenging road conditions for drivers.