Gales of 100km/hr expected as nation reels in aftermath of Storm Desmond
As the nationwide cleanup following Storm Desmond begins, Met Eireann has issued yet another weather warning.
A status yellow wind alert issued last night came into force at 6am this morning and will remain in place until 7pm tonight.
Windy/mostly cloudy today. Some rain this morn, this mostly light/intermittent, with some dry bright intervals. High 12-14 c.— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) December 7, 2015
Southeast to south winds have been forecast to reach average speeds of 50 to 65 km/h.
However, stronger gusts of 85 to 100 km/h are expected to blow, with the southern and western coastal counties worst affected.
AA Roadwatch have issued their own warning to motorists in light of the new alert.
"High-sided vehicles are especially vulnerable on open or exposed roads," an AA spokesperson has said.
"Be particularly mindful of other road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists when driving in high winds".
Meanwhile, the repair bill following the destruction amid Storm Desmond is set to run to millions of euro.
Mayo, Donegal and Cork bore the brunt of the damage, with the west Cork town of Bandon suffering its second disastrous flood in six years.
Roads over huge swathes of the country were impassable, homes were flooded and power cuts affected thousands.
Today, the Irish Rail line between Longford & Dromod is closed due to flooding.
Delays of 40 minutes to all Sligo/Dublin services are expected as a result. Bus services are in operation between Carrick-on-Shannon and Longford.
Sligo line: bus transfers between Ck-on-Shannon & Longford due to flooding, delays up to 40 mins as a result. pic.twitter.com/scXWpW03D1— Iarnród Éireann (@IrishRail) December 7, 2015