Belfast Telegraph

Traffic chaos in Dublin as severe winds batter Ireland

All cargo terminals were closed after yellow weather warnings were issued across 20 counties.

Restrictions imposed at Dublin Port amid strong wind and heavy rain have brought travel chaos across the capital.

All cargo terminals were closed after yellow weather warnings were issued across 20 counties in Ireland.

Wind speeds of more than 110kph were expected to hit parts of the country while flood warnings have been put in place across a number of counties.

Restrictions were also in place at the Port Tunnel which led to a severe backlog of traffic and hundreds of lorries waiting to enter the port.

Passenger ferries operated as normal.

A spokesman for Dublin Port said three terminals could not operate and ships could not load or unload. All cargo terminals reopened at around midday with some delays.

Charlie Murphy told RTE: “This doesn’t happen very often and the decision was made in the interest of health and safety.”

Storm Diana is expected to continue throughout Tuesday afternoon with forecasters saying it will move on to Northern Ireland by Wednesday.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) appealed to road users to exercise caution when driving on Wednesday after Met Eireann issue orange weather warnings across southern counties including Cork, Kerry and Waterford.

A spokesman said: “The RSA is asking road users to check local weather and traffic conditions and be aware of the conditions before setting out on a trip.

“The RSA has the following advice for road users – beware of objects being blown out on to the road, watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road, allow extra space between you and vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists, and drive with dipped headlights at all times.”

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