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Commuter chaos as heavy rainfall causes flooding and road closures

Motorists are being warned to take extra care across the country today as torrential rain causes localised flooding.

Several roads have already been flooded since early, particularly in the south and south east.

The N11 Dublin/Wexford Road in Enniscorthy has been closed on the Wexford side due to flooding, while several roads across Wicklow are affected including around Glendalough.

There is flooding on the Lower Road in the Strawberry Beds. Dublin Bus has also reported that there are a number of diversions in place due to flooding.

Drivers have been warned to avoid the Sally Gap, which is impassable at various points, particularly around Glenmacnas.

In Meath, there are reports of flooding on the M2 northbound at junction 3, in Clonee village, on the Kilmoon Cross and Drogheda Road and the local Slane/ Grangegeeth Road among others.

In Drogheda, Wellington Quay and the bus station have been affected. The Main Street in Leixlip is also impassable, while there is also flooding parts of Sligo.

Motorists are also advised to slow down on the M9 Waterford/ Dublin Road northbound between J3 Athy and J2 Kilcullen due to excess surface water.

In Dublin, flashfloods are occurred on the River Road, between Blanchardstown and Finglas, the M50 northbound, and Lucan. While Grange Road was nearly completely flooded this afternoon outside Marlay Park.

There is excess surface water on the M1 and the M50, flooding on the Old Swords Roads in Santry,  on the right lane of the N4 Lucan Road.

drivers are also having problems in parts of west Dublin, including Lucan, the N7/ Naas Road inbound between J4 Rathcoole and J3 Citywest, and Clondalkin.

Gardai have asked drivers to "drive safely, light up and slow down".

A black spot seems to have developed on the M50 today as a car has overturned in the exact same spot as the two earlier accidents after J13 at Dundrum.

Forecasters said there is heavy rain in many areas this morning, with poor visibility, spot flooding and strong winds in places also.

AA Roadwatch said there have been reports of flooding in Cork city, parts of Co Cork and on the Dungarvan/ Clonmel Road in Waterford and Tipperary.

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“It's quite wet on the roads in many parts of the country this morning. Slow down and take extra care,” it said.

It will be mainly dry on Friday and some sunny spells on Saturday, with scattered showers on Sunday.

Met Eireann yesterday issued a status orange rainfall warning for Dublin, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath and Monaghan, which remains in place until Friday morning.

“A spell of heavy rain today followed by another spell of heavy rain tonight will give rainfall accumulation of 40 to 60 mm with localised flooding likely,” it said.

“A status yellow rainfall warning has also been issued for Munster, Connacht, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath, Cavan and Donegal.”

While rain will lighten today, heavy showers will return this evening to parts of Munster and Connacht. Highest temperatures 9 to 12 degrees.

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