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A man runs from along Howth's east pier. Photo: PA

A man runs from along Howth's east pier. Photo: PA

A man runs from along Howth's east pier. Photo: PA

HUNDREDS of Dublin homeowners are on alert for flooding as a result of high tides.

Dublin City Council said that the precautionary measures will remain in place until Monday with another high tide expected tomorrow at 12.33pm.

And an orange weather alert has been issued for the western coast of the country amid fears that storms will return tonight.

Winds of up to 130kmh have been forecast for the coastline.

Dublin city council has closed the flood gates on the Dodder and the Tolka Rivers until then, a spokesperson told the Herald.

Council staff were out on New Year's Eve placing sand bags at strategic locations in Clontarf and Sandymount, and they will remain in place over the coming days.

Public car parks in Sandymount and Clontarf will remain closed during this period.

Meanwhile, 2014 started off with a deluge of wind and heavy rain for many people across the country, and there is more to come over the coming days.

The Met Eireann station at Roches Point on the south coast reported 16mm of rain falling in around four to five hours yesterday morning.

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Forecaster Joan Blackburn of Met Eireann told the Herald that there will be passing showers early today.

She said that "very strong winds" getting up to their strongest tonight are forecast along southern and western coasts, and it will be quite stormy.

Once again, there will be very high tides. "I think there is a renewed risk of coastal flooding," the forecaster said.

Meanwhile, on Friday, the forecaster said that it looks windy across the country and still stormy – probably on western and northern coasts, through the morning. The winds will gradually decrease, but it is still a windy day.

"It's a cold day, with sunshine and showers. The winds will drop off Friday night, so there will be frost, Ms Blackburn said.

"Saturday will be a cold day, there will be showers about, and some of them could be wintry enough. There may possibly be snow on higher ground.

"There will be wet and windy weather up over the country on Sunday."

Meanwhile, as ESB crews worked over Christmas to restore power to homes, tree surgeons were also dealing with the huge numbers of fallen trees. It has been the busiest Christmas in years for forestry workers who have been tending to damaged trees and making safe trees in danger of falling.

fdillon@herald.ie


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