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Week of the 48-hour rain

DUBLINERS were spared the torrential rain that forecasters feared last night -- but as these pictures show the high winds battered seaside areas.

And a flood warning remained in place today after winds and rain lashed the east coast, with enormous waves crashing in over pier walls in places such as Howth and Dun Laoghaire.

However, intense falls similar to those that came down last October did not materialise.

City officials said that there was "no major flooding to report" but "standby crews are at the ready".

The country woke up to a dull, cold and wet Thursday and the conditions in east Leinster did not improve as the day progressed.

While the official start of summer is only days away, most people won't be inclined to pack away their winter woollies.

Met Eireann forecast heavy rain in the east where there was a risk of localised flooding because of the amount that has fallen in the past two days.



Delays

The bad weather was to continue tonight but then die out, with the rest of the country remaining mainly dry.

AA Roadwatch said the driving conditions were wet today but had improved significantly overnight.

Delays were experienced inbound on the Navan Road in Dublin and from the Finglas village flyover to Hart's Corner on the Phibsboro Road.

Motorists were also held up inbound along the Swords Road from Whitehall church to Drumcondra and on Con Colbert Road.

Dublin City Council said it continued to monitor the situation but that, apart from surface water, there had been no flooding incidents.

The local authority's drainage division inspected and cleaned river screens throughout the city, while also monitoring rainfall levels.

"We're keeping an eye on the areas that are prone to flooding and standby crews are at the ready," a spokesman said today.

"Overnight there was some more rain but there were no major flooding to report," he added.

Dublin Fire Brigade reported no weather-related accidents so far.

Met Eireann forecaster Gerry Murphy said the outlook, particularly for Dublin and other eastern areas, is very broken for the weekend and next week.

comurphy@herald.ie


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