A washout week with Storm Frank bringing storms, severe flooding and high winds

Storm Frank will be in full flow today and tomorrow as forecasters warn that the rest of the week will be a washout with storms, severe flooding and high winds expected.

A washout week with Storm Frank bringing storms, severe flooding and high winds

As the sixth Atlantic storm of the winter arrived on our shores, Met Éireann issued a wind warning for several counties along the western seaboard.

A Status Orange wind warning is in place today as gusts of up to 100kph are forecast for counties Cork, Kerry, Clare, Galway, Mayo, and Donegal.

Met Éireann says rainfall amounts today and tomorrow will be in the 30mm to 60mm range for many areas, with higher totals over mountains with “further flooding inevitable”.

The alert comes as householders and business owners in many parts of the country are continuing to cope with damage caused by Storm Desmond and Storm Eva earlier this month.

Abandoned houses are fully submerge in flood water at Castledaly, Co Galway. Picture: Hany Marzouk
Abandoned houses are fully submerge in flood water at Castledaly, Co Galway. Picture: Hany Marzouk

People living near the River Shannon will once again bear the brunt of the bad weather as local authorities are warning of a heightened risk of flooding.

Limerick City and County Council has issued a flood alert for the coming days, arising from heavy rain and the ESB’s decision to increase the spill rate at Parteen Weir.

The ESB has said it intends to increase the flow release rate from the weir, leading to the possibility that areas affected by floods in recent weeks could again suffer from rising waters.

A ferry comes in amid stormy conditions at the Poolbeg south wall in Dublin. Picture: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie
A ferry comes in amid stormy conditions at the Poolbeg south wall in Dublin. Picture: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

The flow of water through the weir stood at 405 cu m per second yesterday but the flow is likely to increase in the coming days, given the high levels of forecasted rainfall in the Shannon area.

“This level of water flow may have associated flooding to land and property in the vicinity of the Shannon downstream of Parteen Weir including the areas of Springfield, Montpelier, Castleconnell, Mountshannon, and the University of Limerick,” said an ESB spokesman.

“Other areas between Parteen Weir and Limerick may also be vulnerable to flooding due to local issues.”

The flooding caused by Storm Desmond between December 13 and December 16 saw the flow rate increased to 440 cu m per second.

Clare County Council also warned of increased water levels along the River Shannon, while Westmeath County Council said water levels in the river have already risen by more than 8cm in the last three days.

The council warned that levels around the Athlone area may rise by another 10cm by tomorrow.

In Cork City, flooding was reported in Wandsworth Quay yesterday afternoon, and the city council said it was monitoring the situation.

Later in the afternoon, the ESB announced an increase in the water flow from Inniscarra Dam to 200 cu m per second and warned that this might rise further to 250 cu m.

Cork County Council said yesterday that Bandon, which has already endured floods this year, was on yellow alert.

Meanwhile, motorists in Co Kerry were advised to drive with caution as heavy surface water and spot flooding was reported on a number of roads early yesterday, abating by mid-afternoon.

Winds were strong in the Killarney area and a tree was down on N71 between Torc Waterfall and Moll’s Gap. Flooding was reported, too, in the mid-Kerry area and near Glenbeigh.

Burst water mains in the Muckross area led to a cut in water supply to homes.

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