GARDAI have this morning warned motorists to slow down and take extra care on the roads as high winds and heavy rainfall struck.
Met Eireann forecasts up to 50mm of rain could fall in Munster and Leinster today, with dangerous conditions expected across much of the country.
There are fears that localised flooding could pose serious dangers of motorists, coupled with poor visibility and wet conditions which will reduce braking distances.
Conditions will be worst on higher ground.
“Please be aware of all road users and travel a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you,” the Garda Press Office said this morning.
“Conditions can be changeable from area to area, so always drive at a speed suitable to the conditions.
“Remain conscious that localised flooding may occur, and use headlights where appropriate as visibility may be reduced.”
The Irish Coastguard has also issued a warning, urging people to stay away from exposed areas including cliffs, piers and harbours.
The worst of the rain so far today has fallen in Cork with AA Roadwatch reporting localised flooding on the M8 between the toll plaza and Junction 16 Rathcormac, the N20 Cork-Limerick Road and N25 Cork-Waterford Road.
There is a lot of surface water on roads in Cork City, while there is localised flooding in Dungarvan and Tramore in Co Waterford. Problems have also been reported in Clare, Limerick and on the M8/Tipperary.
Organisers of the Dublin Horse Show at the RDS said it was unlikely that any events could be cancelled because of the poor weather. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the five-day event, which ends on Sunday.