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Sunday 22 April 2018

No let-up in sight as Eva bids farewell and Frank's set to arrive

A man gets caught in heavy rain in stormy conditions in Dublin city centre. Picture credit: Damien Eagers
A man gets caught in heavy rain in stormy conditions in Dublin city centre. Picture credit: Damien Eagers Newsdesk Newsdesk

The winter washout is set to continue today with a yellow warning for rainfall remaining in place throughout the day.

There were torrential downpours throughout Christmas Day as the tail end of Storm Eva left Ireland, with Met Éireann forecasting the same in Leinster and Munster on St Stephen's Day.

The bad w eather is set to continue in to next week when Storm Frank is expected to hit our shores, bringing heavy rain and strong to gale force and gusty southerly winds.

Motorists were warned to take extra care on the roads yesterday as a number of routes were affected by flooding and surface water.

Several minor collisions were reported, with two separate crashes near Junction 17 causing severe tailbacks on the M50.

There were no injuries involved in the accidents on the motorway.

Routes were also impassable in parts of Cork, Clare, Tipperary, Galway, Leitrim and Mayo.

"Extremely wet roads have been reported across the country," the AA said.

"Road users are urged to slow down and watch out for excess surface water. Ensure you also increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front.

"Flooding also remains an issue in some parts of the country following the severe weather of earlier in the month.

"If you encounter flooding on the roads, don't attempt to drive through it if you can't tell how deep it is."

The ESB said crews succeeded in restoring power to thousands of homes and businesses throughout Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Approximately 100 houses were still without power last night, but engineers were expected to have electricity restored within the hour.

"We're in a good place this evening, there are still about 100 houses out which is a very small number in comparison to the numbers we operate, although we are aware it is a huge inconvenience for the people involved," said an ESB spokesperson.

"All these homes are expected to have power restored within the next hour.

"It has turned out to be a very good day, considering the number of faults we were faced with earlier."

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