Motorists warned as flooding continues

Cork and Galway are amongst the worst affected by the combination of spring tides and stormy weather last night.

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.

Towns have been flooded and thousands of homes left without power as strong winds and heavy rain batter the country.

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.

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.

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.

Motorists have also been advised to avoid some roads around the country due to flooding and storm damage.

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.

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