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Thursday 17 April 2014

Surf's up for some as weather warning predicts gales and flooding

Hawaiian big-wave surfer Kohl Christensen at Mullaghmore, Co Sligo, where waves were up to 50ft yesterday

ROAD chiefs have warned motorists to exercise caution on the roads today as high winds and flooding are expected to make driving conditions difficult.

Met Eireann said winds will reach average speeds of up to 75kmh with gusts up to 120kmh in coastal regions. A combination of high tides, storm surge and winds may result in localised flooding.

The heavy rainfall over the weekend caused minor flooding in some parts but there was severe flooding in Cavan and Monaghan.

The flood waters are expected to subside as the current rainfall lightens.

However, the weather did not disappoint everyone – the conditions produced extreme waves off the Sligo coast, which attracted fearless surfers.

Among the intrepid few yesterday was Hawaiian professional big-wave surfer Kohl Christensen (35), who took on waves of up to 50ft at Mullaghmore, Co Sligo.

Irish Independent

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