Storm Brigid brings more weather woes

Storm Brigid brings more weather woes

Extremely hide tides, heavy rain and strong winds have wrought chaos around the country again this morning with flooding reported in some areas and motorists warned to be on high alert.

Extensive flooding was reported in Galway with a number of homes and businesses in the city affected, while in Limerick the river Shannon burst its banks.

Met Eireann has issued an orange weather alert for the entire country today, with gusts of up to 130 kilometres per hour forecast along with heavy rain, hail and thunder.

The ESB said 1,500 homes are without power this morning with Cork and Bangor Erris in Co. Mayo worst affected.

Senior Executive Office with Galway City Council, Gary McMahon, says council crews are now assessing the damage in the city.

"City Council crews who've been out since 4am are making their way around and ensuring that gullies are kept clear so that the floodwaters will recede," he said.

"But some houses, we understand, in the Fr Griffin Road and Raven Terrace area have had flooding in their front and back doors in some cases.

"There has been some surcharging of sewers in the Dominic St area and we are assessing that as well.

"But it doesn't look too major at the moment."

Meanwhile motorists are being advised to drive with exteme care this morning as many roads have been flooding.

There are reports of flooding on the Newport/ Westport Road in Co. Mayo and on the Clonakilty/ Bantry Road in Cork.

Roads around Ballybunion and Tralee in Kerry are also flooded, as well as the N21 Limerick to Tralee Road at Adare.

The bridge in Clarecastle and the coast road in Co. Clare are also flooded.

Irish Ferries has cancelled its swift sailings today because of the stormy weather, while, Aer Lingus has cancelled 16 flights scheduled to fly from Dublin airport this morning.

Intending passengers are being advised to check the airline's website before travelling.

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