Video: Emergency crews on standby as Cork city and coastal towns endure heavy floods

Cork has been hit by widespread flooding after a deluge of overnight rain.

Update 2.42pm: Cork Council emergency crews were active in many coastal towns where tidal flooding occurred around the time of this morning's high tides.

A yacht has been damaged after in heavy seas in the coastal town of Cobh.

In Youghal, there was flooding from Brown Street to O’Rahilly Street and there was some property flooding on Back Street.

Bailick Road and Bonnog in Midleton was flooded earlier and minor flooding started on Lower Main Street but receded when the tide turned.

The Council Yard on Hospital Road remains open today for the collection of sandbags and crews will be deployed again later for the evening high tide.

There was some tidal flooding in the Carrigaline/Crosshaven area while in Kinsale, flooding occurred on Short Quay, Pier Road and Worlds End. Crews are currently clearing seaweed and fish boxes from this area.

In Clonakilty, there was flooding on Bridge Road, Ring Road and Inchydoney Road.

Cork County Council’s Severe Weather Assessment Team reconvened today to monitor the situation.

Update 12.43pm: Flooding has been reported in Youghal, Middleton, Cork City and Cloyne so far today - while sleet and snow are causing difficulty in Killarney in Co Kerry.

Earlier: A number of weather warnings are in place for a number of parts of the country today, including a Status Orange warning for Cork.

A Status Yellow Rainfall Warning is in place for counties Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford until 6am tomorrow morning.

Flooding has been reported in many city centre areas, with gardaí advising motorists to avoid the following areas: Georges Quay, Union Quay, South Terrace, Morrison's Island, Lapp's Quay, Lower Glanmire Road and the lower end of Oliver Plunkett Street.

One motorist captured footage of damaged power lines on the Cork to Waterford road.

The Strand Road, Crosshaven Road and Main Street in Carrigaline, Co Cork, are impassable.

The weather has also forced the cancellation of many events across the county.

Many sporting fixtures, including the senior Ladies Football clash between Cork and Armagh in Eire Og have been cancelled.

The Great Island Race in Cobh, the East Cork Athletics Day 1 in Youghal and the SSE Airtricity U17 National League game between Cork City and Cabinteely will not go ahead today.

Fota Wildlife Park has "temporarily closed".

Up to 70 millimetres of rain are expected to fall in Cork between now and tomorrow morning.

Met Éireann meteorologist Joanna Donnelly said Ireland is in for a wet couple of days.

"Later on there's going to be a clearance to showers," she said.

"But the showers are expected to continue and be heavy over the course of the coming days, indeed into the early days of next week, where it's going to remain very showery and unsettled."

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