Atlantic low brings wind and rain
A band of unseasonably wet and windy weather hit most parts of the country today.
Met Éireann said this evening the heavy rain would clear slowly northwards during the night but conditions would remain blustery, with the strongest winds occurring along the south coast.
The forecaster warned that some spot or flash flooding was likely in any heavy downpours, and there remained a high risk of coastal flooding, especially on parts of the south and south-east coasts.
Met Éireann maintained its gale warning for all Irish coasts of Ireland and the Irish Sea.
The Coast Guard advised the public to stay away from exposed coastal areas, particularly cliffs, piers and harbour walls during the inclement weather.
Due to the adverse weather conditions, the cruise liner, MSC Lirica, was earlier unable to dock as originally scheduled this morning in Cork. MSC Lirica’s call in Cork has now been cancelled, as strong winds are expected to continue and worsen this afternoon, the ship's operator said.
Up to 30mm of rain had been expected to fall in some parts today, with higher totals possible in mountainous areas, bringing a risk of coastal and river flooding.
The worst-affected areas were the southern counties of Cork, Waterford and Kerry, where flood flashing was reported in a number of places.
The Road Safety Authority also warned motorists that conditions remained hazardous for driving in many parts.
RSA chief executive Noel Brett advised that a build-up of oil on the roads following the recent dry spell combined with rain could cause skidding.
“Our advice is to slow down and keep a safe distance [at least four seconds] behind the vehicle in front of you to allow for poor surface conditions,” he said.
Separately, Irish Rail's Dart services in Dublin were disrupted earlier due to a mechanical fault.
There were delays to commuters of up to 45 minutes after the trains were suspended between Pearse Street and Clontarf Road.
Irish Rail said full Dart and commuter services have now been restored and that earlier disruption had been cleared.
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