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Weather warnings in place across the country as Storm Desmond rages on

Here is what you need to know as the bad weather enters day two.

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Photo: File
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Updated 15.10

WEATHER WARNINGS REMAIN in place across all of the country this morning as Storm Desmond continues to rage on.

A status red rainfall warning has been issued by Met Eireann for Connacht, Donegal, Clare and Kerry, with more than 70mm of rain expected in these areas.

As much as 25mm of rain is expected to fall over the course of today in Dublin with gusts of up to 100km/h.

Across the rest of the country rainfall and wind warnings remain in place and transportation and power services have been disrupted.

What to do if you’re travelling 

AA Roadwatch is advising this morning that a number of roads in the west of the country are unusable after heavy rainfall overnight.

As of this evening the gardaí are advising that driving conditions are extremely hazardous on the N25 road from Waterford to Dungarvan.

Gardaí also said that three motorists were caught in the area driving at 120km in a 100km zone.

There have also been a number of cars damaged in a car park in Rathfarnham after a tree fell on them.

Over the past hour a number of roads in Clare, Louth and Dublin have been affected by the extreme weather (more information can be found on AA Roadwatch’s Twitter page here).

The Road Safety Authority has asked the public not to attempt to drive through flooded areas and that if a situation develops where water is rising rapidly around you, to leave your vehicle immediate.

A full list of safety tips can be found here. 

Currently all services are running on all Iarnród Éireann routes, although the Sligo to Dublin train is experiencing a 60 minute delay.

Irish Ferries has said that all sailings on its Jonathan Swift fastcraft have been cancelled but that customers can be accommodated on its cruise ferry sailings.

Dublin Airport is advising passengers to check updates before travelling to the airport, with a number of planes grounded by the weather.

Various airlines have cancelled flights out this evening, with an increase in the number of services being pulled over the past two hours.

flights Flight cancellations Source: Dublin Airport

The Irish Coast Guard has also call on members of the public to take care, advising that people stay away from headlands, piers and cliffs that take a heavy spray.

First published 08.43am

Read: Thousands of homes will be without power overnight thanks to Storm Desmond

Also: ‘Stay away from headlands, piers and cliffs’: All you need to know about Storm Desmond

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