Monday 23 October 2017

Gales of 100km/hr expected as nation reels in aftermath of Storm Desmond

Credit: Irish Rail
Credit: Irish Rail
Credit: Irish Rail
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

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.

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. 

Sunday afternoon in Castlefinn, inset, Mowlam Nursing Home in Sligo which had to be partially evacuated last nigh
Sunday afternoon in Castlefinn, inset, Mowlam Nursing Home in Sligo which had to be partially evacuated last nigh
An Aldi is closed due to flooding in the Ballybofey area of Donegal
Members of the fire service bail out water from shops in the Ballybofey area of Donegal
Fire tenders pump water from the car park of shops in the Ballybofey area of Donegal
Members of the fire service and the army bail out water from shops in the Ballybofey area of Donegal
Members of the fire service and the army bail out water from shops in the Ballybofey area of Donegal
Members of the army bail out water from shops in the Ballybofey area of Donegal
Members of the fire service bail out water from shops in the Ballybofey area of Donegal
Members of the fire service and bail out water from shops in the Ballybofey area of Donegal
People make their way though floods in the Castlefin area of Donegal
People make their way though floods in the Castlefin area of Donegal
People make their way though floods in the Castlefin area of Donegal
Sunday afternoon in Castlefinn
This lorry driver goes cautiously through the flooding near Ballybofey in Co. Donegal. (North West Newspix)
Members of the public brave the bad weather on Grafton Street, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
4/12/15 Dubliners brave the weather for a night out at O'Connell bridge in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron

"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.

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