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Traffic and travel: Strong winds and flooding are causing serious rush hour headaches

Dart and commuter services are delayed as another spell of bad weather sweeps in.

9/12/2015. Flooding Athlone. A Red Cross team arri A Red Cross team arrives at the Park Estate, under threat from a flooding River Shannon in Athlone Town. Source: Eamonn Farrell

AS YOU’RE PROBABLY aware, there are two weather warnings in effect for the country at the moment – one for rain and one for strong winds.

Here are the details:

Status Yellow Wind Warning: Ireland

South to southwest winds will reach mean speeds greater than 45 km/h and up to 65 km/h, with gusts up to 100 km/h possible.

Status Yellow Rainfall Warning: Connacht, Donegal, Clare, Kerry

20-35 mm of additional rain expected.

And this was the wind picture around Ireland, earlier this afternoon:

wind Source: Earth Wind Map

The weather’s causing some travel problems this evening – with delays to DART and commuter services of around 20 minutes, as a result of the conditions.

There’s also a reduced capacity between Longford and Carrick-on-Shannon…

And there are some changes and capacity reductions on other Irish Rail services too.

You’ll find the full list here.

ww2 Source: Irish Rail


There are also some disruptions to bus services – particularly in Galway…

bus Source: Bus Éireann


Heavy traffic volumes were also being reported this evening – with some delays on the M50.

You might want to keep an eye out for fallen trees too…

The worst problems are in Galway however, with heavy spot flooding on many routes causing delays this evening.

AA Roadwatch posted this update shortly after 6pm:

There are long outbound delays again this evening on the N84 Headford Rd between Ballindooley Cross and Curraghline, where traffic is down to one lane and a stop/ go system in place due to flooding.

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