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Heavy rain and wind to return to Irish coastal towns

Met Eireann has warned the wet and windy weather is to return to Irish shores.

Many coastal communities breathed a sigh of relief after storms which threatened flooding passed without causing any major damage.

But towns and villages could still be hit with flooding, forecaster Joan Blackburn said yesterday.

"The worst was never going to be the wind and rain. The flooding was only going to occur at the high tide," she said.

"The low pressure, which was the reason for the risk of coastal flooding, will be pushing down into France on Tuesday. Later on in the week when you have showers and windy weather there may be a risk."

Gales, high tides and driving rain hit the country early yesterday morning but despite fears of widespread damage only localised flooding occurred.

Winds of more than 100kmh hit the west coast, causing flooding in some areas. The biggest gust of 115kmh was recorded at Malin Head in Co Donegal.

Over the past three days, local authorities in Dublin, Cork, Wicklow, Waterford, Galway, Sligo and Limerick strengthened defences against rising waters.

Some 500 one-tonne sandbags were placed at Clontarf and Sandymount, but water breached the walls at Clontarf at the Wooden Bridge and on Marine Road in Sandymount.

The car parks at Clontarf and Sandymount in Dublin will be closed until today.

The council's Local Emergency Co-ordination Centre stood down early yesterday morning, but staff continue to monitor the situation.

Bad weather also caused the cancellation of yesterday morning's Irish Ferries Swift sailing from Dublin to Holyhead.

While the weather will be reasonably settled today, rain and strong westerly winds will spread across the country tomorrow. Thursday will see showers and strong winds, and localised flooding may occur.

Belfast Telegraph