Cork city and towns hit by heavy flooding
Parts of Cork city centre are underwater again this evening as storm force conditions continue to batter the south coast.
South mall... Canoe district pic.twitter.com/EnXCXqCrgW— cbehan (@CearbhallB) February 4, 2014
An orange weather alert is in effect - for the south and east - with a yellow warning in other counties.
Businesses and residents in Cork city have been preparing for the worst - sandbags were made available by the council earlier today in bid to keep flood waters at bay.
Towns around Co Cork were also badly affected, particularly Kinsale, which saw a road endure major damage.
Cork City centre most streets now closed with water rising and high tide expected at 8.50pm!!. Carragline Rd to Crosshaven now impassable— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) February 4, 2014
Other areas of the country have also experienced major disruption, with Wexford, Waterford and Tipperary among the areas worst affected.
Waterford City: The quays are now closed to traffic due to flooding. Diversions are in place. A number of trees have also fallen in the area— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) February 4, 2014
Wexford Town, HGVs are asked to avoid the Quays area and the town centre. Water has not yet breached, high tide due at 10pm and water rising— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) February 4, 2014
Around 19,000 homes and businesses are without power tonight.
According to ESB networks the worst affected areas are in the south of the country.
There are outages in Kerry, Cork, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford.
Crews are currently working to restore electricity, however a spokesperson for ESB networks says the stormy weather conditions are making it difficult to say how long this will take.