Motorists are being urged to take care this morning after Storm Eleanor brought heavy rainfall and severe winds to Ireland on Tuesday.
While the worst of the flooding has subsided, a status orange wind warning is in place for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick. The warning is in place until 2pm this Wednesday.
Met Eireann are warning of extreme wind conditions today, with high tides and high seas bringing more coastal damage and flooding.
Further heavy downpours are forecast for the north west thoughout the day and night before temperatures turn colder.
Heavy flooding hit Inishowen and other areas of Donegal on Tuesday night. As many roads may still have flood water and debris, motorists are being warned today to slow down, and only drive through water if you’re sure it’s not too deep for your vehicle.
The AA Roadwatch tells drivers to watch out for fallen trees and wind-blown debris, especially on secondary routes, and give a wide berth to pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
The strength of some of last-night’s wind gusts in Ulster were equal to that of ex-Hurricane Ophelia (96.7mph), according to forecaster Barra Best.
55,000 customers across Ireland are left without power today, however much of Donegal’s supplies have been restored. A power fault in Kilcar affecting 36 homes and business is expected to be repaired by 2pm Wednesday.
ESB Networks is reminding customers to never approach broken lines or damaged poles, and keep children and animals away – report damage to ESB Networks at 1850 372 999 and listen to recorded messages carefully.