Friday 28 April 2017

Roof blown off building onto popular bar as heavy winds batter country

Picture: Tom Maxwell
Picture: Tom Maxwell
Picture: Dublin Fire Brigade
Picture: Dublin Fire Brigade
Picture: Dublin Fire Brigade
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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A roof was ripped off a building and blown onto a popular bar in Dublin this afternoon.

Pictures, show the structure on top of Matt the Threshers on Pembroke Street in South Dublin.

One eye-witness said: "I just heard a wicked gust of wind and an almighty crash.

"Some roof got ripped up and landed on top of Matt the Threshers."

Photos were also posted by Dublin Fire Brigade on their official twitter account.

Other images show how one motorist had a lucky escape after a tree crashed down on top of their vehicle in Rathfarnham, South Dublin.

A Status Yellow Weather Warning is in place for the country today, according to Met Eireann.

Forecasters are predicting a windy day with gusts of up to 100km/h and spells of rain and drizzle, expected to be heavy at times.

Strong southerly winds will veer southwest this evening, but they will continue to be strong and blustery.

Flooding

Motorists and householders have been warned about the risk of flooding in southern and eastern areas due to high spring tides.

The greatest risk is in Cork, where high tides are predicted until Friday.

The highest tides are forecast between 8am and 9.30am and 7pm and 8.30pm today.

Cork County Council's severe weather analysis team urged the public to be aware of the likelihood of high tides with the greatest water heights expected in the south and east of the county.

The greatest impact of the high tides is expected to be felt by motorists due to the likelihood of floods on low-lying roads, particularly in parts of Cork city and Cork harbour.

Residents and traders in low-lying properties have been urged to take all necessary precautions.

Gardaí have urged people not to park vehicles along low-lying quays, while motorists have also been asked to allow extra time for rush-hour journeys.

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