Orange weather warning as flooding hits Ireland

Homes and business owners are beginning to count the cost as the latest 120km/h winds batter the west and south coasts.

An Orange weather warning is in place in some parts, and Met Éireann says the stormy weather is due to continue for the rest of the day.

Updated 12.50pm

Buses passing through Dublin's Sandymount are being diverted until the high tide passes. Until 2pm, Routes 1 and 47 traveling in the direction of Sandymount and Belarmine will operate via Park Avenue from Sandymount Village to St John's Church.

A close call in Lahinch, Co Clare, today. Pic: Sean Curtin.

In Galway, Salthill prom, Barna and Clifden have been the worst affected.

The stormy weather conditions in Lahinch, Co Clare, today. Pic: Sean Curtin.

Brid Moran owns WaveCrest Caravan Park in Caherdaniel. She has been telling Radio Kerry about the damage done to her livelihood.

Flooding on Union Quay in Cork city this morning. Pic: Larry Cummins.

ESB Networks says about 3,000 people across the country are without power this afternoon.

It says most of the outages have been caused by lightning damage.

ESB Networks Communications Manager Bernadine Moloney outlines the worst affected areas.

Union Quay in Cork city during the floods this morning. Pic: Larry Cummins.

Much of the boardwalk in Youghal, Co Cork, has been washed away by powerful waves.

In Waterford city, there has been flooding on the Park Road and on the Old Tramore Road.

The boathouse at Ballybunion Sea and Cliff Rescue Centre in Co Kerry has been badly damaged by high tides and storm surges this morning.

Cork and Galway have been hit by flooding this morning, as the south and west bears the brunt with 120 kilometre winds and high tides.

The River Lee has burst its banks in Cork city and there has been flooding in Bantry along the quay and in Wolfe Tone Square.

Morrison's Island, Union Quay and Wandesford Quay in Cork city are all impassable.

In Galway, the Promenade from Blackrock through Salthill is closed as high tide arrives and the Corrib River has broken its banks near the Spanish Arch.

While in Co Clare, Lahinch has suffered more flooding this morning, with the Liscannor Road now blocked by tidal water and debris.

Winds of up to 120 kilometres per hour have knocked out power to around 4,000 homes across the country - with Westport Co Mayo, Ennis Co Clare, Bunclody Co Wexford, Clara in Co Offaly and Cahersiveen in Co Kerry the worst affected.

Co Clare suffered some of the worst damage in last Friday's storms.

Tom Tiernan, a Senior Engineer with Clare County Council, says the county is bracing itself again.

A number of ferries have also been cancelled.

The Junior Finance Minister, Brian Hayes, said funds for repair will be made available for some eligible groups after the storm has passed.

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