Motorists warned over dangerous conditions


Motorists have been warned to drive with extra caution as wet road conditions are set to continue this evening.

Further outbreaks of heavy rain and hail are expected in the northwest, west and south of the country, but will become confined to coastal counties tonight.

It is very blustery and wet in Waterford City, Wexford Town and in Carlow, AA Roadwatch has warned.

Excess surface water has been reported on the N11 at Kilmacanogue in Co Wicklow following heavy rain.

Flooding is being reported on some roads in Galway City, with very wet conditions and possible flooding also occurring on the outskirts of Limerick City.

Earlier flooding on the Fermoy to Kildorrery Road at Glanworth has now cleared and the road has been reopened.

AA Roadwatch has urged motorists to slow down, keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front, and use dipped headlights to improve visibility.

The UK is braced for more heavy rain this evening. There are currently 76 flood warnings for rivers and more than 150 less serious flood alerts in place across England and Wales, with the majority of areas at risk in south west England and the Midlands.

People are being urged to stay away from swollen rivers and to avoid driving through flood waters.

Homes have been flooded and roads left underwater as downpours yesterday caused widespread disruption, and forecasters have warned more misery is on its way.

The UK Met Office warned that some areas could see up to 60mm of rain falling on already saturated ground, leading to further risk of rivers flooding.

The AA in the UK has experienced record call-outs this week, as motorists continue to ignore warnings about taking to flood-affected roads.

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