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Monday 22 September 2014

Clean-up operations begin – but more wind and rain on the way

Treacy Hogan and Caroline Crawford

Published 30/01/2013 | 05:00

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GALE-force winds will continue to batter the country as motorists face dangers posed by flooded roads and falling trees.

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Met Eireann has issued another warning about winds blowing up to 110kmh, particularly in western and north-western counties.

And as a big clean-up operation swung into action following flooding in parts of the country, there were renewed alerts that heavy rainfall is set to continue into the weekend.

A number of businesses in the west were forced to remain closed for two to three days after the flash floods caused water damage to their premises on Monday.

Despite the warnings in place, Met Eireann senior forecaster John Eagleton said the wet and windy spell was normal for this time of year.

Several Aer Lingus regional flights, operated by Aer Arann, were cancelled or forced to divert to other airports because of weather yesterday. Winds had been gusting over 100kmh at times at Dublin Airport.

Tomorrow will see a mix of bright spells and occasional heavy showers, some hail and possibly thunder. Later, it will become mainly dry with winds easing and frost developing.

However, rain and strong easterly winds will develop in the south overnight and will spread over Leinster and Munster on Friday.

Saturday will be cold and bright with sunny spells by day and a sharp frost at night. Sunday will be milder and cloudier with outbreaks of rain.

The Automobile Association urged drivers to keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front and prepare for sudden gusts.

West

Galway city bore the brunt of the torrential rains.

The owners of Kumar's Restaurant on Flood St spent the past two days cleaning up after being flooded.

"It was up to our knees," said Nikita Kumar, whose family run the restaurant.

Robert Kenny had to close his cafe Pura Vida for three days. He is now trying to dry out furniture.

South

Winds that gusted to over 90kmh brought down trees in Glanmire and the Lee Road in Cork. Heavy rainfall resulted in localised flooding in parts of Cork city, Fermoy, Bandon, Clonakilty, Skibbereen and Bantry.

The main street in Buttevant in north Cork was now so damaged it was "like something from the wild west", according to Fine Gael Councillor Noel O'Donovan.

North

There were strong to gale-force winds with severe gusts in exposed parts. The N3 Cavan to Belturbet road remains closed between Butlersbridge and Belturbet due to flood damage.

This morning is expected to be bright and sunny but with scattered showers and a risk of thunder but the rain should die out by this afternoon.

East

Gusty southwest winds eased as scattered outbreaks of rain cleared throughout the evening.

In Wicklow, the Cookstown road in Enniskerry was closed because of a fallen tree.

Further showers were expected though the night, gradually clearing to a sunny morning, broken by heavy showers. These are due to die out by the afternoon.

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