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A walker had to be rescued on Dublin’s Great South Wall. Photo: PA

A walker had to be rescued on Dublin’s Great South Wall. Photo: PA

A walker had to be rescued on Dublin’s Great South Wall. Photo: PA

Warnings have been issued to the public to avoid the coastline amid fears of severe winds and high seas, as Storm Diana lashes our shores.

Not predicted to be as bad for the capital, hit by severe gales yesterday, this time the south-west was bracing itself for the worst of the conditions.

Although no Storm Emma, poor conditions will hamper activities around the country.

Met Eireann has issued a total of five weather alerts for land and sea as the tail end of the storm passes over.

Warning

A Status Orange wind warning has been issued for counties Cork, Kerry and Waterford from 6am until noon, with winds of 65 to 80kph and gusts of 110 to 130kph forecast.

A Status Orange wind warning has also been issued for counties Wexford, Galway and Clare from 9am until 2pm today. A Status Yellow warning is in place for the rest of the country from 5am until 4pm.

A Met Eireann forecaster revealed that by its official list, the storm had been due to be called Deirdre - but was named Diana by the Portuguese Met Office as it first hit the Azores.

A spokesperson said the coasts were best avoided for safety. Dublin Port was forced to close shipping yesterday due to widespread rain and gales but reopened around noon, causing delays for a large number of trucks waiting to get into the port.

Emergency services came to the assistance of a walker during yesterday's high winds and swells on Dublin's Great South Wall.

The alarm was raised in the afternoon after a young woman appeared to be in danger, with rising water beginning to break the wall of the iconic port.

It is understood she came out earlier to watch swimmers at Half-Moon Swimming Club.

"One person had seen her out on the rocks and became increasingly concerned for her safety so they decided to call us," a member of Dublin Coast Guard said.

"The tide was coming in and the water was starting to break the wall, which could have left her stranded. We sent out a car to the scene just to make sure she was OK."

The rescue took longer than normal due to unfavourable conditions but the woman was rescued without incident.

A Status Orange gale warning is in place today for all Irish coastal waters and on the Irish Sea, with winds expected to gust up to force 10 for a time from Mizen Head to Valentia to Loop Head, along with a Status Yellow small craft warning.

AA Roadwatch and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) have urged motorists to take extra precautions.

The AA's Conor Faughnan said commuters should expect delays as a result of the conditions, and that cyclists and pedestrians should also take extra care.

Local authorities have been preparing for the storm, with Cork County Council's Severe Weather Assessment Team meeting to prepare for possible coastal flooding.

Floods

Clare County Council advised that high seas along the coastline, including the Shannon Estuary, would bring a risk of coastal flooding.

Meanwhile, the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience is closed to visitors today from 9am to 2pm.

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council has closed all its public parks because of high winds forecast. A spokesperson said the parks will be closed until further notice.

Meanwhile, Ballyogan recycling centre will also be closed until further notice.


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