Monday 11 December 2017

Flash floods and heavy rain expected as yellow weather warning remains in place

Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Heavy rain and spot flooding will continue throughout the country again today as Met Eireann’s status yellow rainfall warning continues.

Met Eireann said that showers will be most prevalent in the north expected across the country throughout the day.

There will be a risk of thunder and lightning as well as spot flooding especially in Leinster and Munster.

Areas in Dublin were particularly badly affected yesterday as video footage showed red line Luas passing through floodwater outside the Ashling Hotel on Parkgate Street.

Read more: WATCH: Luas filmed navigating flash floods

Green Party councillor Ciaran Cuffe, who captured the footage, said: "There was a real downpour around Stoneybatter and the area outside the Ashling Hotel flooded for a while. The Luas was going through about a foot of water.”

“We’ve always had downpours but this was pretty extreme today.”

Temperatures are expected to reach between 16 to 19 degress today with high levels of humidity.

Forecasters have warned that further downpours are expected across the country later today and tomorrow with warning of heavy thundery downpours.

AA Roadwatch has advised motorists to slow down and drive with care as further flooding is expected but there are no major flooding issues reported on the roads so far.

Meanwhile, a car crash at Heuston Station is causing a build-up of traffic after an accident occurred on St. John’s Road West.

Gardai are investigating the crash that is blocking the right lane into Heuston Station.

That crash has been cleared from St. John's Rd West although delays remain from Con Colbert Road to Heuston Station.

The AA Roadwatch is advising drivers to be aware of possible delays as a result on the South Circular Road straight through to the Quays and Bachelor’s Walk in the city centre.

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