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Spot flooding, fallen trees and power outages as Storm Agnes hits Ireland

Heavy rain and strong winds have begun to lash parts of the country as Storm Agnes begins its journey across Ireland, leaving a number of roads flooded and others blocked by fallen trees.

The storm is making travel conditions very difficult for commuters as a number of roads have seen spot flooding around Cork this morning, including the Monahan Road, and Carrigaline. 

#CorkFloods Reports of flooding on the Monahan Road. Looks to be impassable at the moment. #StormAgnes pic.twitter.com/e0IzBKvp7W

— Cork Safety Alerts (@CorkSafetyAlert) September 27, 2023

ESB crews are working to restore power to over 3,000 customers in Cork including businesses and homes in Bandon, Kanturk, BealnaBlath and Ballincollig.

Power is expected to be restored in the early afternoon for the affected areas.  

Meanwhile, Doneraile Wildllife Park and Fota Wildlife Park have closed as a result of Storm Agnes. 

Weather warnings

Cork, Kerry and Waterford are currently under a status orange rain warning with spells of heavy downpours expected in the three counties until 3pm. 

A status orange wind warning has also come into place for a number of southern counties including Cork, Kerry, Tipperary, Waterford, Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford and Wicklow.

Met Éireann says "very strong and gusty southerly winds with some severe and damaging gusts" can be expected between 9am and 5pm today.

In an update this morning, Met Éireann says Sherkin Island has so far recorded a mean speed of 69km/h and gusts of 111km/h.

These strong winds could lead to coastal flooding, difficult travel conditions, fall trees and power outages.

A Status Yellow rain warning will remain in effect through the afternoon and evening for Cork, Kerry, Waterford, Carlow, Dublin, Kilkenny, Wexford and Wicklow.

A Status Orange rain warning has been issued for Cork, Kerry and Waterford with the three counties expected to see spells of heavy downpours between 9am and 3pm. Picture: Evan Doak
A Status Orange rain warning has been issued for Cork, Kerry and Waterford with the three counties expected to see spells of heavy downpours between 9am and 3pm. Picture: Evan Doak

Met Éireann warns that driving conditions during this time will be difficult due to localised flooding and poor visibility on the roads.

The weather warning is in place from 7am until midnight.

Meanwhile, a Status Yellow wind warning has been issued for all counties in Munster, and Leinster and will also include Galway between 7am and midnight tonight.

In the North, a Status Yellow wind warning has been issued by the Met Office for the six counties until 7am on Thursday morning.

A level two storm forecast has been issued across Ireland for severe wind gusts and tornadoes by the European Storm Forecast Experiment (Estofex).

Carlow Weather's Alan O'Reilly said there is a small risk of local tornadoes from Storm Agnes today. 

A level 2 issued by @Estofex for parts of Ireland today with a small risk of local tornadoes from #StormAgnes these are very difficult to forecast and can be small and very short lived but worth sharing the information. pic.twitter.com/B7Le0BvVTx

— Carlow Weather (@CarlowWeather) September 27, 2023

Tidal surge to cause flooding in Cork city

Up to 35mm of rain is expected in Cork across a 24-hour period as Met Éireann says rainfall will continue in the county after the Status Orange warning period expires. 

A tidal surge is also expected in Cork City which may cause localised road flooding in some low-lying quays including Morrison's Island, South Terrace, Union Quay, Lavitt's Quay and Wandesford Quay at high tide. 

Wandesford Quay is expected to be closed between 4:30pm and 5:30pm with lane restrictions set to be put in place on South Terrace and Lavitt's Quay. 

Met Éireann says "disruption" is likely in many places as the storm passes over. Picture: Jacob King/PA Wire
Met Éireann says "disruption" is likely in many places as the storm passes over. Picture: Jacob King/PA Wire

Parking areas on Father Matthew, Morrison's and Union Quays will also be affected. 

Cork City Council is urging motorists to "please slow down and drive with extra care and attention" as strong winds could blow debris around the roads and heavy rain will affect visibility and cause flooding. 

Cork City Council is also urging members of the public to secure all bins, trampolines and garden furniture. 

Council crews remain on standby through the day. 

Cancelled flights 

Four scheduled flights at Cork Airport have been cancelled due to "inclement weather conditions." 

These include: 

  • Aer Lingus - Cork to London 
  • Aer Lingus - London to Cork 
  • KLM - Amsterdam Schiphol to Cork 
  • KLM - Cork to Amsterdam Schiphol 

Passengers intending to travel today are being advised to check the current status of their flight with their airline before travelling to the airport. 

Passengers intending to travel today are advised to exercise due caution when travelling to and from @CorkAirport.

Please allow sufficient time for your journey.#StormAgnes https://t.co/HavZsUjgE2

— Cork Airport (@CorkAirport) September 27, 2023

A daa spokesperson said that both "Dublin Airport and Cork Airport are open and operating as normal today."