The first time the Irish Times published its annual floods forecast, it made an interesting prediction.
“The Irish countryside is in a period of slow-down in the summer, and by autumn it is very much at its lowest point,” the paper warned.
“This is going to be the worst in the history of Ireland, and it will not go away for years.”
It was, of course, the worst-case scenario that was realised.
The floodwaters that came flooding into Ireland over the past couple of weeks are now the biggest in the country’s history, with more than 11 million people expected to have to leave their homes in the coming weeks.
The first signs of a second, far worse, season are already in sight.
Irish National Grid says it will extend the electricity supply across the country to compensate for the surge of power.
The grid has also started pumping water from the ocean into homes and businesses in preparation for another storm.
The floods, which have already claimed more than 1,000 lives and forced at least 200,000 people to flee their homes, have now killed at least 463 people in the United States.
Ireland’s President Michael D Higgins said in a statement on Sunday that Ireland’s first-ever national disaster declaration would be issued in three days.
“The Government will now immediately suspend electricity supply to all of Ireland and will provide emergency assistance to those affected,” Mr Higgins said.
In addition to the floods, the country is experiencing a severe drought that is expected to cause widespread crop failures, including in some regions.
Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar said on Sunday it would be a “tough year” for the Irish economy.
“We are going to need a lot of investment to get us back on track,” he said.
“We are looking forward to a very challenging few months ahead.”