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Weather warnings expire but heavy rain and wind forecast in the wake of Storm Diana

Met Éireann recorded the strongest gusts at Sherkin Island off the coast of Cork, with 122 km/h recorded.

Updated Nov 28th 2018, 6:21 PM

YELLOW AND ORANGE weather warnings have now been lifted as Storm Diana blows through Ireland, leaving behind some minor local flooding and power outages.

A Status Orange weather warning Galway, Clare, Kerry, Cork, Waterford and Wexford was lifted at 5pm, with a Status Yellow warning for the entire country lifted at 6pm.

The warnings came into effect early this morning as the storm made landing in Ireland. Winds of up to 120 km/h came with the storm, hitting mostly the south and west coasts. 

Met Éireann recorded the strongest gusts at Sherkin Island off the coast of Cork, with 122 km/h recorded. 

A total of 14 flights in and out of Cork Airport were also cancelled this morning due to the weather. 

Seven flights out and seven flights in from Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Paris and London Heathrow have all been cancelled due to strong winds.

There were also been a number of delays and cancellations at Dublin Airport. 

Cork and Dublin Airport have advised anyone who is due to travel to check the latest status of their flight on their airline’s website. 

Flooding 

There were fears that the storm could cause flooding at high tide in Cork city, however only minor flooding occurred today. 

In other areas there was local flooding. Kerry County Council said earlier that there was significant water at Strand Street in Dingle and advised people to use alternative routes. 

People in other affected counties were advised to avoid coastal areas due to the high winds and risk of flooding. 

The street has since reopened to traffic. 

The East Pier at Dun Laoghaire was also forced to close as a result of the storm.

 

Traffic 

AA Roadwatch reported a large number of fallen trees and other issues affecting traffic across the country.

Irish Rail also reported a number of delays due to fallen trees on the tracks.  

Ahead of the arrival of Storm Diana, the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management (NDFEM) contacted all local authorities, requesting that they activate their severe weather teams.

The Department of Housing has warned that a period of disturbed weather will continue for the next five days.

Met Eireann said it would remain very windy for a time tonight, before conditions ease. Rain will clear and in the west, but heavier rain will develop later in Leinster and Munster. 

The rest of the week is set to remain unsettled. 

With reporting from Cormac Fitzgerald 

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