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Coastal areas braced for flooding

Coastal communities are braced for potential flooding as forecasters warned of gales, high tides and heavy rain.

Swells of up to 10 metres were due on the south and south-west coasts with up to 30mm of rain across the country, prompting Met Eireann to issue a weather warning.

The Defence Forces and local authorities are on standby as the first wintry system of the season approached, with winds gusting at around 100km/hr by early Sunday evening in the west.

Met Eireann said the combination of high tides and low pressure could cause coastal flooding.

Forecaster Joan Blackburn said: "The main feature is the tidal conditions at the moment. What's really causing the problems would be the pressure and the high tides. That will obviously only be in coastal areas."

Ms Blackburn said that while the rain and winds will ease overnight, the pressure will be at its lowest over the country with the tides remaining high.

Dublin City Council workers distributed sandbags in Clontarf and Sandymount and said seafront car parks in those areas would remain closed until Monday.

Wicklow County Council said the Greystones area is on flood alert.

Galway City Council set up a safety barrier on the quay at the Spanish Arch and warned of flooding on Spanish Arch, the Docks and Raven Terrace areas of the city centre, and the Promenade in Salthill.

Cork City Council said it expects to be hit with a tidal surge, with low lying parts of the city centre at serious risk. Clare County Council said regions along the west coast expect to be hit by tidal surges and severe gales.

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