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Tie down your wheelie bins - gale force winds are battering the country

Met Éireann has issued three separate weather warnings for today.

File photo: Stefano Fedele from Italy runs from waves created by Storm Frank winds on Bray Harbour earlier this month.
File photo: Stefano Fedele from Italy runs from waves created by Storm Frank winds on Bray Harbour earlier this month.
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EXPOSED COASTAL AREAS could face more flooding misery today as torrential rain and strong winds bear down across the country.

Met Éireann this morning issued a nationwide status yellow wind warning with gusts of up to 110 kilometres an hour expected for a time.

Winds could reach even higher speeds in some exposed Atlantic coastal areas, the forecaster warned.

A status yellow rainfall alert is also in place for west Munster, Connacht and Donegal, where falls of 30 to 40 millimetres are expected.

Meanwhile, strong onshore winds, high tides and heavy rain could bring further flooding to exposed coastal communities.

The risk is highest in the seven counties covered by a third status yellow warning: Wexford, Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Waterford.

In Clare, one of the areas worst hit by the flooding of recent weeks, home and business owners along the coast have been urged to “remain vigilant over the coming 24 hours”.

Trees brought down by the heavy wind and rain have also blocked roads in some parts of the country, according to AA Roadwatch.

This was the scene in Salthill, Co Galway, this morning as flooding swept along the coast.

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Met Éireann said: ”Strong to gale force southerly winds will peak during the early morning with damaging gusts in exposed coastal areas and a risk of coastal flooding during high tide.

Widespread and persistent rain with heavy falls [is expected] in southwestern and western areas.
However, from midmorning onwards drier conditions will develop in western counties with scattered showers and some bright or sunny spells.
This clearance will extend to all areas during the afternoon and winds will veer westerly and moderate.

Read: We’re in for some dire weather over the next 48 hours

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