‘It was chaos’: coun­ties mop up af­ter big storm

Irish Daily Mail - - News - emer.scully@dai­ly­mail.ie By Emer Scully

GALE-FORCE winds and tor­ren­tial rain in parts of the coun­try caused ‘chaos’ as roads flooded and traf­fic was brought to a halt yes­ter­day.

Um­brel­las were ‘torn to shreds’ af­ter 130kph winds swept across Cork, Water­ford and Tip­per­ary.

A yel­low warn­ing was is­sued by Met Éire­ann as winds and up to 40mm of rain bat­tered the coun­try, also caus­ing flood­ing in south and south eastern coun­ties when fallen leaves blocked drains.

Water­ford City Coun­cil­lor Ea­mon Quin­lan said: ‘The ferry be­tween Water­ford and Wex­ford was can­celled.

‘We had grid­lock over the city through rain and wind bring­ing things to a stand­still.

‘We are look­ing at chaos. The winds were pretty strong. Um­brel­las were torn to shreds. Drains and sys­tems were com­pletely over­whelmed.

‘Our sys­tem was over­pow­ered, drains were over­flow­ing and there was wa­ter ev­ery­where.’

A yel­low wind warn­ing was is­sued for Le­in­ster, Ca­van, Mon­aghan and Done­gal as south east­erly winds reached 65kph with gusts up to 110kph.

The warn­ing ex­pired at 7pm last night as winds grad­u­ally abated but this week­end could see hail as tem­per­a­tures fall overnight.

A Met Éire­ann spokes­woman said yes­ter­day: ‘Satur­day will be show­ery.

‘Show­ers will be more fre­quent in the west and along the At­lantic coastal coun­ties although some will reach into eastern ar­eas but will be more iso­lated here.

‘Tem­per­a­tures will be 8C to 10C which is nor­mal for this time of year. Winds will be mod­er­ate and south-west­erly.’

‘There will not be any overnight frost, how­ever,’ she said. ‘Mon­day looks show­ery with day­time tem­per­a­tures at 10C to 11C.

‘Overnight Satur­day tem­per­a­tures will be 2C to 6C and cold­est in Ul­ster.

‘The weather warn­ing ex­pired last night at 7pm and the wind warn­ing ended then. The winds had abated by late af­ter­noon yes­ter­day in parts.

‘Winds cleared and tem­per­a­tures be­came more mod­er­ate.’

Cork saw ‘buck­ets’ of rain yes­ter­day morn­ing but by the af­ter­noon blue skies had even­tu­ally re­placed the bad weather.

Cork County Coun­cil­lor Derry Canty, who is based in Ballincol­lig-Car­ri­ga­line, said: ‘The rain was un­real since the morn­ing. Leaves were all over the place. We had buck­ets of rain.

‘There were a few trees down but blue skies came in from the west. The leaves were block­ing all the drains and cre­at­ing flood­ing.

‘The rain was des­per­ate. It is gone now but the leaves are cre­at­ing pan­de­mo­nium.’

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