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Canoeists on the South Mall, Cork in February. Paloma Kreischer
The Tide is high

Highest astronomical tide means flood warnings for Cork this weekend

Met Éireann says it expects gales in coastal areas as well.

FLOOD DEFENCES ARE being put in place in Cork City and county with strong winds and very high tides expected this weekend.

The tides were predicted to be at their highest between last night and tomorrow with a surge of up to 30cm predicted for Cork Harbour.

The flood warnings were issued following advice from the Office of Public Works who gave notice of the particularly high tides approaching from Wednesday until Sunday.

Met Éireann is also predicting gale force westerly winds across the west and south west.

Atlantic counties should also expect some thundery downpours according to Met Éireann.

Cork City Council have issued a particular warning for a number of low lying parts of the city including the South Moll, Union Quay, Morrisons Quay and others.

The council says that it expects that the main impact will be on traffic but that householders and businesses should take measures to protect property.

Read: Cork City is to get new flood defences but the scheme is not quite ready yet >

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