Further stormy weather forecast tomorrow

Saturday 04 January 2014 22.08
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A formerly sandy stretch of beach in Salthill after yesterday's flooding
A formerly sandy stretch of beach in Salthill after yesterday's flooding
Waterford was among the areas badly hit by storms over the last few days
Waterford was among the areas badly hit by storms over the last few days

Met Éireann has forecast further stormy weather tomorrow and into next week, as a big clean-up operation continues today in many flood-hit areas of the country.

High tides along southern and western coasts failed to result in renewed flooding this morning, but there are further tidal flood warnings for this evening. 

Met Éireann has issued a Yellow wind warning for Munster, Leinster, Connacht, Donegal, Monaghan and Cavan.

Local authority officials and port authorities have been assessing damage in several coastal regions.

Among the worst hit areas were counties Cork, Clare, Galway, Kerry Limerick and Mayo.

The estimated cost of the damage is expected to run into millions of euro.

However, the Irish Insurance Federation has said it could take up to a month to estimate the exact cost of the damage.

Michael Horan of Insurance Ireland, said it is too early to put a precise cost on the impact of the recent weather.

“There is normally a time lag between an event happening and claims coming in. Damage has occurred in the last day or two. It takes a bit of time for the claim to come into the insurance company and for that to be inspected," he said.

Met Éireann has issued another warning, this time about high winds in Munster, Leinster and Connacht.

Sub-zero temperatures are also forecast in some areas tonight.

Minimal new disruption reported

There has been minimal disruption reported this morning in Cork and Galway despite tidal flood alerts for the cities.

Gardaí in Cork have said that while parts of Morrison's Island, Union Quay and Georges Quay are partially flooded, all areas of the city are passable.

Gardaí in Galway have said the city has been unaffected by flooding so far this morning.

Parts of Salthill remain partially flooded.