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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Storm Abigail passes - but the heavy rain hasn't gone away yet

A man struggles with his brolly on Dublin’s Sean O’Casey Bridge
A man struggles with his brolly on Dublin’s Sean O’Casey Bridge
A kite surfer takes to the air at Dublin’s North Wall, Clontarf
Treacherous driving conditions in Westport, Co Mayo

High winds swept across Ireland yesterday, causing disruption and the cancellation of a number of scheduled flights.

The approach of Storm Abigail resulted in wind speeds of up to 120kph in some parts of the West, with heavy rain affecting most parts of the country.

Western counties were hardest hit as Abigail pummelled counties Clare, Galway, Mayo and Sligo, in particular.

The rest of the country also felt nature's wrath as the strong winds swept in from across the Atlantic, bringing with them high tides and heavy downpours.

Met Eireann issued an orange alert yesterday - the second most serious warning - with a wind warning for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo. A less serious yellow warning was in place for the rest of the country.

At Dublin Airport, there was a large number of delays and a small number of incoming domestic and international flights were cancelled.

Scheduled flights from the Isle of Man, Shetland and Frankfurt were also affected.

Another alert has been put in place for Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick.

Motorists are being warned to drive with extreme care and to avoid some coastal routes, while members of the public have been urged not to put themselves in danger.

Gardai are also warning people to stay away from exposed coasts and waterways during the stormy weather.

The charity Alone has expressed particular concern for older people, who may be in need. It has asked members of the public to check on their older neighbours and help them if they need to travel during the adverse weather.

Today will start off cold and windy, with heavy showers across the western half of the country. Temperatures will hit a high of 9C in blustery westerly winds.

Heavy

The outlook for tomorrow isn't much better, with widespread rain again forecast. The day will begin dry in the east but cloudy, with rain developing in counties Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Clare.

The rain will turn persistent and heavy as it moves to Galway, Mayo and Sligo, where there will be a risk of localised flooding.

It will be a cold day for the northern half of the country, with highs of only 7C to 9C, but milder conditions will gradually push up from the south-west. Afternoon highs across the southern half of the country will be between 12C and 14C. The rain will only slowly clear northwards tomorrow night.

It will be another cloudy day on Sunday, mixed with scattered outbreaks of rain, heaviest in Cork, Kerry and Limerick.

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