Thursday 25 April 2019

75 flights cancelled, roads 'impassable', train lines and tourist attractions closed as Storm Ali wreaks havoc

  • Irish Rail close number of lines
  • Roads closed in Co Galway and Co Mayo
  • Dozens of flights cancelled to and from Dublin Airport
  • Cliffs of Moher closed to visitors until 1pm
  • Marlay Park and Phoenix Park closed 'until further notice'
A tree down on the Kilbeggan to Clara Road in Co Offaly
A tree down on the Kilbeggan to Clara Road in Co Offaly
A tree collapsed on a house near Fine Gael TD Noel Rock's home this morning (Photo: Noel Rock Twitter)
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

Some 75 flights in and out of Dublin Airport have been cancelled today as airlines took precaution against Storm Ali.

Met Éireann reissued a Status Orange weather warning this morning, saying gusts in excess of 130km/h were possible in coastal regions.

Airlines like Aer Lingus, British Airways, Ryanair and KLM cancelled "about 75 flights" between them as of 3.30pm, Dublin Airport tweeted.

"High winds due to Storm Ali will have an impact on the flight schedule today. Please check with your airline before coming to the airport," daa said.

For information on cancelled and delayed flights, visit here.

Passengers travelling from Shannon Airport and Cork Airport were also being advised to check with airlines before making their way to the airport.

A tree down at BusÁras (Photo: Independent.ie)
A tree down at BusÁras (Photo: Independent.ie)

Meanwhile, motorists are being urged to take care as a number of fallen trees are being reported in Mayo, Longford, Galway, Kerry and Cork.

Gardai are advising motorists in Claremorris, Co Mayo "not to travel" due to a large number of fallen trees.

"Road conditions are dangerous across the country," AA Roadwatch said.

Irish Rail said there are line closures and delays on the following routes:

Motorist had a lucky escape after a tree fell on car Photo: An Garda Siochana
Motorist had a lucky escape after a tree fell on car Photo: An Garda Siochana
Damage done to a tent at the Ploughing Championships
National Ploughing Championships 2018. People take cover from the torrential rain at the championships. Picture; Gerry Mooney
National Ploughing Championships 2018. People take cover from the torrential rain at the championships. Picture; Gerry Mooney
General view of muck at Ploughing Championships 2018 Day 2. Skreggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Picture: Caroline Quinn
General view of empty road during delayed opening of Ploughing Championships 2018 Day 2. Skreggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Picture: Caroline Quinn
General view of empty road during delayed opening of Ploughing Championships 2018 Day 2. Skreggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Picture: Caroline Quinn
General view of blocked entrance during delayed opening of Ploughing Championships 2018 Day 2. Skreggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Picture: Caroline Quinn
National Ploughing Championships 2018. Stewards Richard Sunders and Mark Kennedy make their way throufgh a deserted site as storm Ali arrives . Picture; Gerry Mooney
National Ploughing Championships 2018. Portaloos blown over as storm Ali arrives in Tullamore. Picture; Gerry Mooney
National Ploughing Championships 2018. Stewards Richard Sunders and Mark Kennedy make their way throufgh a deserted site as storm Ali arrives . Picture; Gerry Mooney
National Ploughing Championships 2018. Portaloos blown over as storm Ali arrives in Tullamore. Picture; Gerry Mooney
National Ploughing Championships 2018. Luke and Niamh Maguire from Kilrush in Co. Clare make their way around in the rain at the championships. Picture; Gerry Mooney
National Ploughing Championships 2018. People run for cover in the heavy rain at the championships. Picture; Gerry Mooney
A tree down at BusÁras (Photo: Independent.ie)
A tree down on O'Connell Street (Photo: Independent.ie)
A tree collapsed on a house near Fine Gael TD Noel Rock's home this morning (Photo: Noel Rock Twitter)
A tree down on the Kilbeggan to Clara Road in Co Offaly
  • Carrick-on-Shannon - Boyle
  • Edgeworthstown and Longford experiencing delays of up 150 minutes
  • Delays of up to 45 minutes on Galway to Westport services
  • Sligo line services delays of up to 90 minutes
  • Galway/Westport delays of up to 45 minutes
  • DART/Northern Commuter: Full services operating with delays up to 20 min

A number of tourist attractions have also been closed until further notice, including the Cliffs of Moher and Phoenix Park in Dublin.

Forecasters have now confirmed that "the worst of the storm has passed".

A tree down on O'Connell Street (Photo: Independent.ie)
A tree down on O'Connell Street (Photo: Independent.ie)

The Status Orange warning has now expired, while the Status Yellow warning will remain in place nationwide until later today.

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