Galway hit hard by floods: Met Éireann warns of further storms
Sandeep Kumar inspects flood damage in Kumar’s Indian and Asian Restaurant, Flood Street, near Spanish Arch, Galway city, following the torrential rainfall yesterday.
The gale force winds, high tides and heavy rain which caused severe flooding in parts of the country have been forecast to continue today.
Met Éireann said winds which reached speeds of up to 75km/h with gusts of up to 120km/h may return to the west coast tonight.
Galway city remains on high alert after it was particularly badly hit by flash flooding.
A number of business premises close to the Spanish Arch were flooded while others in the High Street, Flood Street, Cross Street and Quay Street areas had to use sandbags to prevent their premises being flooded.
Wolfe Tone Bridge and Lough Atalia Road were impassable and severe traffic congestion built up.
In Killarney, Mill Road was closed due to flooding, while in Tralee a group of international wind chasers descended on Brandon Bay to catch the Force 10 storms and 30ft waves. The 10 professional surfers were taking part in the Red Bull Storm Chase competition, a global hunt to complete three storms above Force 10.
In Cork city a fallen tree caused delays on the Old Youghal Road while in Donegal there was flooding between Letterkenny and Stranorlar. In Cavan the N3 Belturbet road was closed near Butlersbridge.