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Dublin: 13 °C Tuesday 21 October, 2014

PIC: Galway hit by flash floods as weather warning issued

Met Éireann is warning of gusts reaching up to 120km/h on the west coast, and of up to 90km/h elsewhere.

The Latin Quarter in Galway, as seen at 11:40am this morning.
The Latin Quarter in Galway, as seen at 11:40am this morning.
Image: Aidan Coughlan

CENTRAL GALWAY CITY has been fit by flash flooding today as coastal part of the country are battered with stormy weather.

The floods came after the western coast was particularly badly hit by days of constant rain.

The photo seen here, submitted by reader Aidan Coughlan, shows flood waters in Galway’s Latin Quarter at 11:40am this morning. (Here is a Google Street View image of the street in drier times.)

Retailers in the city reported that the heavy rain had also meant sewage was overflowing onto streets and into their retail premises.

Cross Street in the city centre remains closed to allow a clean-up, but other streets in the city centre have reopened after being rendered impassible earlier today.

The west coast has seen the worst of the stormy weather that has hit Ireland for the past few days, with Met Éireann data showing Claremorris and Knock Airport in Co Mayo each recording 10.4 millimetres of rain yesterday.

Met Éireann has issued a weather warning, predicting winds of up to 75 kilometres per hour – and with gusts peaking at 120 kilometres per hour – along the Atlantic coast, where ‘exceptionally’ high waves could result in coastal flooding at high tides (roughly between 6pm and 7pm).

Elsewhere in the country, west to southwesterly winds will reach average speeds of up to 60 kilometres per hour, with gusts peaking at 90 kilometres an hour.

A gale warning has also been issued for all Irish coastal waters and for the Irish Sea.

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