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5,000 without power while coastal areas braced for high tides

MORE than 5,000 ESB customers were without power this morning after the country was battered by yet another storm.

Seafront shop owners and restaurants in Clontarf on Dublin's northside are bracing themselves as some of the highest tides of the year are predicted for this weekend.

Dublin City Council spokeswoman Angela Walsh said the the biggest risk of flooding came from a combination of high tides, high winds and low pressure.

Sandbags have been installed along the promenade close to Alfie Byrne Road and every premises has sandbags at its doors.

Dozens of homes and businesses are facing the worst flooding ever witnessed in Galway this morning.

High tides and heavy rain led to massive flooding around Salthill and the Claddagh area early this morning.

Hundreds of homes remain without electricity in the area while roads around both areas remain unpassable due to high flooding.

The Leisureplex in Salthill was forced to close today after it suffered some flood damage. Emergency crews are now assessing the damage caused. A spokesperson said they hoped to open again as soon as possible.

Businesses in the Spanish Arch area were also badly hit. Local councillor Neil McNeilis who owns a business in the area said the flood damage was the worst he had ever experienced.

He said that sandbags and flood gates didn't hinder the flood waters overnight due to the high level of flooding. He said he would now be forced to fork out thousands of euro to replace the floors and electrics in his shop.

Crews from Galway City Council, Galway Fire and Rescue and gardai worked throughout the night in an attempt to keep flood waters at bay and deal with road closures and debris.

Many roads in the city remained closed this morning due to the serious flooding. Galway City Council advised motorists to avoid all coastal routes through the city this morning.

Meanwhile Cork traders and residents gave a sigh of relief when the city centre escaped major flooding after high tide at 6.20am today.

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There was minor flooding in the Morrisson's Quay and South Terrace areas but gardai stressed it was nothing like the flooding from 6.45pm last night which left parts of the city centre impassable.

However, with another high tide forecast for 7pm tonight, motorists have been warned not to park cars on low-lying city centre quays.

Cork Business Association (CBA) stressed that the city centre remains dry and open for trade.

Floods also hit low-lying areas of Cork county including Midleton, Kinsale, Belgooly, Mallow, Fermoy, Carrigaline and Bandon as the south-west experienced the combination of a high tides, a storm surge and torrential rainfall which left rivers swollen to breaking point.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) urged motorists to drive with care given the spot-flooding and large quantities of surface water in some areas.

Strong winds prompted Cork Airport to go on emergency standby last night after an Aer Lingus Regional/Aer Arann service from Manchester was only able to land on its third attempt.

The turboprop landed safely on its third approach at midnight.

The flight had 50 passengers on board and one traveller, who landed on an earlier flight, said weather conditions were "absolutely atrocious."

High tides caused devastating floods in Cork city last night as winds gusting at 130kph drove the high seas against the coast, with South Mall and Oliver Plunkett street suffering the worst of the water influx.

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