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After the gales, get ready for the floods

DUBLIN should be braced for another deluge after being battered by 100kph winds last night.

Met Eireann issued a fresh warning today that up to 50mm of rain could fall today, with a high risk of flooding in places.

Today's downpours hit Dublin and other eastern counties first and then spread to Connacht and Ulster in the afternoon.



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It comes after torrential rain early this morning and last night which saw between 20mm and 30mm of rainfall.

Dublin City Council told the Herald plans are in place to tackle any flash floods in the capital.

"We're always at the ready. We've got crews ready to go out and clear gulleys as there are a lot of fallen leaves this time of year," spokesman Alan Breen said today.

Luckily, the city area escaped any major damage caused by overnight gale force winds, Mr Breen said. The spokesman, who is on the emergency response committee, added that he got no calls about serious incidents.

At this stage, there did not appear to have been any trees blown down, he added.

A number of ferry sailings between Dublin and Holyhead were cancelled, while in Cork city there was severe flooding on the North Ring Road.

Winds were moderating today after gusting up to 100kph last night.

However, a Met Eireann gale warning remained in place for coastal areas in the east and south.



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AA Roadwatch said road conditions were wet across the country, with surface water and some flooding.

It advised motorists to drive with extreme care, "particularly in high sided vehicles due to the strong winds".

Traffic was disrupted this morning in south Dublin where emergency services had to be called in to clear a fallen tree on Lower Glenageary Road.

Met Eireann said southeast winds were to increase to gale force later today on coastal waters from Carlingford Lough to Hook Head to Mizen Head and on the Irish Sea.

Gusts of up to 110kph were expected in exposed places.



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Gardai said many of the country's roads were waterlogged and considered dangerous.

In Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim, the river Shannon has risen significantly though it is not thought to be in imminent danger of flooding.

Flooding also occurred on the N25 heading eastbound on the Dunkettle interchange in Cork. Spot flooding hit Burgh Quay on the southside in Dublin city centre.

There was also a lot of surface water on the N7 where there was a three-vehicle collision before Junction 10 Naas South.

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