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Orange alert as heavy rain forces BT to close

IT's time to batten down the hatches as Dublin and the east coast is to be battered by gale force winds and heavy rain over the next 24 hours.

Met Eireann have issued an Orange Alert with a rainfall warning and warned of localised flooding for Dublin, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath and Monaghan.

Forecasters are expecting up to 60 millimetres of rain in the region.

According to the agency it will be cloudy today with "spells of heavy rain and some local spot flooding".

There will be strong gale force southeasterly winds and visibility will be poor.

Brown Thomas on Grafton Street was closed this morning. It is suspected the building suffered a leak and customers were evacuated. It was expected to reopen this afternoon.

The weather is set to improve in the afternoon. The rain will clear, the winds will ease and some sunny spells will develop.

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It is hoped that the weather will clear for a event at 5pm this evening that sees Dublin Hip Hop group Original Rude Boys and Laurence Kinlan - who plays Elmo on Love/Hate - flipping the switch on Grafton Street's Christmas lights display.

However, it's set to become very blustery again tonight with easterly gales developing and more spot flooding feared.

Dublin City Council said it has put in place a plan to deal with flooding.

"Following receipt of a rainfall warning Dublin City Council will be deploying resources to monitor the drainage network, including rivers and streams and will deal with anticipated localised road flooding," a statement said.

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