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Met Éireann issues flood warning for south and east coasts

Alerts are in place in Cork, Galway and Dublin.
Dec 14th 2012, 7:47 AM 7,697 11

THE WEATHER FORECASTERS at Met Éireann have issued a flood warning for the south and east coasts.

The alert will remain in place until 3pm today.

They say very high tides, low pressure and onshore southeast gales, along with possible rainfall of 20 to 25 mm, gives potential for coastal flooding.

A gale warning has also been issued as southeast winds will continue to reach gale force from Rossan Point to Howth Head to Hook Head and on the Irish Sea this morning.

Carparks at Sandymount Strand and Clontarf are closed as a precaution, as Dublin City Council has implemented a number of flood defences.

Cork Council has pressed householders and business owners to take measures to protect their properties over the coming days. It has issued a list of vulnerable areas. Although flood water has now receded in the city, caution is still urged.

Sandbags have been distributed in Galway and Dublin.

Meanwhile, Irish Rail has confirmed that Waterford station is flooded, with trains suspended as a result. Bus transfers are available.

And AA Roadwatch has noted surface water on various roads across the country. It has asked motorists to reduce speed and keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front.

READ: Flood defences put in place for high tide alerts tomorrow>

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