Motorists warned as flooding continues
Cork and Galway are amongst the worst affected by the combination of spring tides and stormy weather last night.
GALWAY: The Coast Rd (R336) is now passable between Furbogh and Spiddal. http://t.co/nqdTLmlPQj— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) January 3, 2014
MONAGHAN: Fallen tree cleared from the Carrickmacross/Kingscourt Rd (R179) around 1km outside Carrickmacross. http://t.co/nqdTLmlPQj— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) January 3, 2014
WICKLOW: A fallen tree has been cleared from the Monastery Rd in Enniskerry. http://t.co/nqdTLmlPQj— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) January 3, 2014
Motorists are being advised to drive with extreme care and avoid some coastal routes, with Met Éireann warning that the weather won't improve until later today, with gusts of over 100 kilometres per hour forecast.
It has issued a “status orange” weather warning, with gusts of up to 130kph (80mph) hitting Connacht, Donegal, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick.
Residents on the Promenade and at Golf Links Road in Lahinch in Co Clare were being advised to leave due to flooding.
Golf Links Road and Promenade at Lahinch both being evacuated due to flooding there. Flooding too at Blackweir Bridge near Lisdeen— Clare FM (@ClareFM) January 3, 2014
The R458 is severely flooded at Clarecastle just beyond village (Thomond Villas), one foot of water burst from Fergus @ClareFM— Gerben Uunk (@gerbenuunk) January 3, 2014
The road from Kilrush-Killimer is impassable due to flooding between Roadstone and Moneypoint. There is two foot of water on road at Moyasta— Clare FM (@ClareFM) January 3, 2014
Towns have been flooded and thousands of homes left without power as strong winds and heavy rain batter the country.
Stormy this morn, gusts 100-130km/h. Heavy prolonged shwrs with thunderstorms also. Risk of flooding and some dangerous road conditions. ...— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) January 3, 2014
... The storm will abate slowly through the day & showers will ease. Highs 5 to 9 deg.— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) January 3, 2014
High tide in Cork city was at 6.40am, and there has already been some flooding around the same areas affected last night.
Flooding has eased on one of the worst affected roads, Kyrl's Quay, after being almost impassable last night.
Kyrl's Quay at high tide this morning
More severe flooding has been reported around Wandesford Quay and South Mall, however.
Water spilling onto South Mall now. pic.twitter.com/jA7tPlpbdn— Jonathan Healy (@jonathanhealy) January 3, 2014
Roads around Crosshaven in the south of the county are reportedly affected also.
Roads have now reopened in Bantry town after some severe flooding last night.
Bantry flooding this evening, another large tide expected in the morning... pic.twitter.com/ti1BzCL6GU thanks to Jayme for image— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) January 2, 2014
High tides, strong winds and rainfall have caused flooding in parts of Cork, Galway, Salthill, Waterford, Tralee, Clare and Mayo, while the River Shannon has burst its banks in Limerick.
GALWAY CITY: The Promenade in Salthill, Spanish Arch, Flood St and the Dock Rd are closed due to flooding. http://t.co/nqdTLmlPQj— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) January 3, 2014
Motorists have also been advised to avoid some roads around the country due to flooding and storm damage.
WICKLOW: The Baltinglass/Ballitore Rd (R747) is closed just outside Baltinglass due to a fallen ESB line.— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) January 3, 2014
Several ferry services have been cancelled as gale to storm force winds continue on all Irish coastal waters and on the Irish Sea, with violent storm force 11 winds for a time on coasts from Slyne Head to Malin Head.