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Trees down, roads flooded…Met Éireann warns of significant dangers

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Dec 26th 2013, 8:25 PM 94,130 146

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MOST OF THE country is experiencing significant rainfall right now as Met Éireann’s predicted storm lands across the island.

The meteorologists issued their top level warning because of extremely wet and windy conditions and there have already been reports of fallen trees and flooded roads.

They expect the storm to continue overnight and into the morning with winds only abating tomorrow afternoon.

Motorists have been asked to take extra care while driving and to be aware of black ice.

AA Roadwatch has advised of treacherous conditions on the M7 Dublin to Limerick road between Roscrea and Limerick, including strong winds and excess surface water.

A tree has fallen on the road to Garykennedy from Portroe in Tipperary and people are asked to avoid the area altogether. Another tree is down, blocking the R491, between Nenagh and Cloughjordan.

Senator Thomas Byrne has also let his constituents know that there are trees down in Pilltown, Bettystown Cross and Bettystown areas in county Meath.

There are a number of trees down in Clare also, says the AA, including at the N68 Ennis to Kilrush road which is partially blocked between Ennis and Darragh and between Barefield and Spancilhill. A third has fallen on the N67 Killimor road outside Kilrush.

In Cork, there is flooding across the city and on the R617 just off the N20 coming into Blarney.

imageA windy night in Tallaght. An image from Dublin 24 reader this evening. (Did you send this photo? If you want a credit, mail me on sinead@thejournal.ie)

Met Éireann’s red alert is specifically for Wexford, Galway, Mayo, Clare, Kerry and Waterford but the rest of Ireland has been given a slightly lower orange warning.

For both warnings, gale force winds have been described as potentially severe and damaging.

Very high seas could also bring a significant danger of coast flooding.

What’s it like where you are? Send your pictures to tips@thejournal.ie.

First published 5.01pm

UPDATE: Met Éireann issues red alert

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