Flooding reported in many areas as Status Yellow wind warning announced for entire country
There was widespread flooding in several counties this morning following a washout weekend, and the outlook is for more miserable weather.
Clean-up operations are underway and many motorists have faced nightmare commutes after heavy rainfall over the past couple of days.
And while conditions eased briefly this lunchtime, conditions are set to take a turn for the worse yet again this evening.
A Status Yellow wind warning has been issued by Met Eireann for the entire country, coming into effect at 8pm this evening.
The warning advises that mean wind speeds will be in the region of 55 and 65km/h and gusts of up to 110km/h can be expected at times.
One of the worst-affected counties this morning is Laois, where the Civil Defence distributed thousands of sandbags yesterday.
They said in a statement: "To the best we can tell water levels have lowered but we would still recommend being alert to your individual area."
AA Roadwatch advised that the following roads have been affected by flooding:
The Annacotty/Murroe Rd (R506) is flooded at Barringtonsbridge. Use alternative routes.
The Rosbrien Rd is closed near Old Crescent RFC in Dooradoyle due to flooding.
The Ballina/Birdhill Rd (R494) is also closed due to flooding. Use an alternative route.
Temporary traffic lights are in place on the N59 Moycullen Rd at Killeen House due to flooding and traffic is heavy on approach from Moycullen.
An AA Roadwatch spokesperson urged motorists to exercise caution.
They said: "After a very wet day yesterday, there is still flooding and excess surface water on some routes this morning.
"Remember if you come across standing water, don’t drive through it unless you’re sure it’s not too deep for your car.
"If you do drive through, do so slowly, in the centre of the road, in a low gear with your revs high."
Video footage also shows that the Glenbarrow Waterfall in the Slieve Bloom Mountains in Co Offaly has been flooded.
Gilly Guifoyle told Independent.ie: "I have been walking Glenbarrow for years and have never seen it this bad."
Wrap up warm and don't forget your umbrella over the coming days as strong winds and heavy rain are expected.
Met Eireann has predicted "a mix of cloud, sunny intervals and just a few showers in the west and northwest" this afternoon, with top temperatures of 11C and moderate to fresh westerly breezes.
There will be outbreaks of showers in southwest Munster this evening and that will quickly spread northeast across the country, it will be heaviest tonight in the west and northwest.
More rain is in store tomorrow morning, it will be heaviest in the north and northwest, clearing eastwards in the afternoon, it will be mostly dry tomorrow night but there will be a heavy shower in the west, spreading eastwards and it will be accompanied by gale force south or southwesterly winds, with some severe gusts along the Atlantic seaboard.
A Met Eireann forecaster has said that it will be unsettled as the week continues.
They said: "Rain will clear from eastern counties early on Wednesday morning to leave a fresh and blustery day with sunny spells and showers. The showers will be most frequent in the west with the risk of hail and thunder.
"Highest afternoon temperatures of 6 to 9 degrees in strong and gusty southwesterly winds.
"Showers persisting in Atlantic coastal counties overnight with the continued risk of hail and thunder. Becoming largely dry elsewhere with a slight frost forming in sheltered parts. Staying rather windy.
"It looks set to be cool and showery on Thursday with the continued risk of hail and thunder in Atlantic coastal counties. The showers may turn wintry at times over hills. Highest temperatures on Thursday of 5 to 9 degrees in fresh northwesterly winds.
"Cold overnight with a fairly widespread frost expected.
"Current indications suggest Friday will begin dry and bright with hazy sunshine. However, a band of rain is expected to push in from the Atlantic during the afternoon but it should remain dry in the east until after darkness.
"After a cold start maximum temperatures on Friday will range from 6 to 10 degrees in freshening southerly winds.
"Latest indications suggest the coming weekend will be rather unsettled with further spells of rain at times. However, it looks set to be fairly mild with temperatures a few degrees above the January average."