Weather warning: Motorists should refrain from making unnecessary journeys in Cork and Dublin as heavy rain causes flooding, while nine counties remain warned

Gardaí in Cork and Dublin are urging motorists not to make unnecessary journeys as heavy rain this evening has led to spot flooding in numerous places in and around both cities.

sa Status Yellow for Munster, Connacht and Donegal remained in place until 10pm tonight, Gardai said many areas in Cork are impassable due to spot flooding including the N27 South City Link Road which has been closed leaving a number of motorists stranded let.

They also said excess surface water had caused congestion on the N40 South City Ring Road as well as Center Park Road in Cork City, where there was heavy traffic from Páirc Ui Chaoimh after the game.

Pictures posted to social media this evening by Cork Safety Alerts showed beer kegs drifting down Douglas Street and emergency crews pumping water out of flooded streets in Blackpool, where a resident described what appeared to be a river that flowing down the street and pouring into shop doors.

Flooding was reported elsewhere in the city and outskirts including Harbor View Road, Penrose Quay, Sunday’s Well, Grange Road in Douglas and Ship Street.

The river reportedly burst its banks at Kilkully Bridge and the Crestfield Shopping Center in Glanmire was flooded.

Adverse weather conditions also left around 1,212 homes in Midleton without power just after 7:30pm and ESB crews hope to restore power to the area by 11:15pm tonight.

“Gardaí is advising motorists to drive cautiously in Dublin city center tonight as visibility is poor due to heavy rain,” Gardaí said in a statement.

“Road conditions will also be affected by the accumulation of surface water. Drivers are urged not to make any unnecessary journeys tonight.”

Meanwhile, a status yellow wind warning will remain in place for nine counties in the south, west and north-west until midday tomorrow, where gusts of between 90 and 110 km/h along with mean wind speeds of between 50 and 65 km/h are forecast for the counties of Clare , Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Leitrim and Sligo.

Met Eireann warned of wet and windy conditions with strong and gusty south-east winds and gale force winds along the Atlantic seaboard which could potentially cause further disruption tonight.

Heavy, thundery rain will continue to move north across the country, but will clear to the northeast early in the night, followed by clear spells.

Meanwhile, despite the wind warning, an ESB spokesman said: “There have been some relatively small power outages which our crews have responded to as they occur.”

“The cancellations are mostly weather-related. So far, the level of disruption in the network has been modest, consistent with previous experience with similar status yellow alerts.

As of 8.30pm, 700 customers were without power in Callan, Co. Kilkenny, with “smaller customers without power in the south and west. Crews are being mobilized and are working to restore power to these customers tonight.” Weather warning: Motorists should refrain from making unnecessary journeys in Cork and Dublin as heavy rain causes flooding, while nine counties remain warned

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