Storm Brian brings high winds and spot flooding
Storm Brian has caused spot flooding and travel disruption in Ireland, with gusts of more than 100km/h.
Less than a week after ex-hurricane Ophelia battered the country, resulting in three deaths, the latest storm brought high winds and large Atlantic waves through last night and into today.
But while some ferries were cancelled and some local roads closed, damage has been limited, the Chair of the National Emergency Coordination Group said.
Waiting for high tide at O'Callaghan Strand. Road is flooded @LimerickFire @LimLive95fm @Limerick_Leader pic.twitter.com/wbvhKlaXvU— Limerick Council (@LimerickCouncil) October 21, 2017
Limerick city appeared to be one of the areas worst-hit, with the River Shannon having overflowed.
Flooding in Limerick later receded as water levels in the Shannon fell after the morning high tide.
In Galway city, temporary flood defences erected close to the Spanish Arch landmark proved effective, though the waters came close to reaching some properties.
Sean Hogan, chair of the emergency group, said: "The rainfall is not finished but the extent of damage, flooding and disruption has been limited and in line with expectations for this type of Atlantic storm."
Many popular visitor locations, such as the Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare, were closed to the public today due to the weather warnings.
"Do not visit, it is unsafe and extremely dangerous," said a warning on the venue's website.
Racing at Fairyhouse in Co Meath was postponed.
ESB Networks said around 15,000 customers remain without power following Monday's storm, with a small number affected by Storm Brian.
It said crews will be stood down should weather conditions deteriorate in affected areas. It also warned people not to approach fallen power lines and to report any power outages to 1850 372 999.
Dangerous situation in @dunlaoghaire harbour averted after sailors rescued from small boats overcome by wind & waves #stormbrian #rtenews pic.twitter.com/sKN0rTT2HL— Joe Mag Raollaigh (@joemagraollaigh) October 21, 2017
An orange wind warning, the second highest, has been issued for southern and western coastal areas, spanning counties in the south and south-west.
There were gusts of more than 100km/h in Cork, Kerry, Clare and Galway, Met Éireann said.
A yellow rain warning remains in place until 9pm tonight between Donegal and Waterford, with up to 50mm expected to fall in 24 hours.
Storm Brian is the result of a "weather bomb" of low pressure in the Atlantic Ocean.