Storm Frank: terrible flooding reported around Ireland as rivers burst their banks
* Dad and five children rescued from car trapped in floods in Arklow
* Flooding in Enniscorthy as River Slaney bursts its banks
* Dozens of people evacuated from their homes throughout country
* Graiguenamanagh described as a ‘warzone’
* 13,000 homes without power this morning
* Roads impassable nationwide due to flooding
* High tide causes chaos this morning
Disastrous flooding is being reported around the UK and Ireland this afternoon as the impact of Storm Frank is being felt with entire towns being marooned after heavy rain and flooding.
— Deric Ó h’Artagáin (@deric_hartigan) December 30, 2015
Just one Status Orange weather warning remains in place today as Met Eireann have downgraded the other three warnings that had been issued.
The Status Orange wind warning, however, applies to all of Ireland and weather chiefs have warned: “Severe winds with damaging gusts for a time today. Southerly veering westerly winds of 65 to 80 km/h with gust to 130 km/h.”
The alert is in place from 9am until 2pm today.
And the rain is set to continue as a forecaster predicted for today: “Heavy showers mostly in the west and northwest, thundery in places and possibly wintry on higher ground.
“Showers will become more scattered during the afternoon with some sunny spells developing. Cold with temperatures of 5 to 8 degrees Celsius.
“It will be cold tonight with clear periods but showers in places also, some prolonged in southern counties especially and some may be wintry in northern areas. Lowest temperatures of 0 to 4 degrees Celsius with sharp frost in places and some icy patches.”
Storm Frank giving its best
Posted by The Bulman Kinsale on Wednesday, 30 December 2015
Limerick City and County Council have reported that water levels along the Lower River Shannon are continuing to increase.
In a statement, thay said: “Water levels on the river at Castleconnell and Montpelier rose over 11cm (110mm) during Tuesday and overnight.
“Council staff are continuing pumping operations in Castleconnell and Montpelier while flood defences are being maintained in flood prone locations along the river.
“The Council is also monitoring water levels on the Mulkear River, which enters the River Shannon downstream of Annacotty.
“The Council has confirmed the ESB’s decision to maintain the spill rate at Parteen Weir at 440 cubic metres per second (cumecs) during today.”
ESB Networks have revealed that approximately 13,000 homes are without power after Storm Frank’s gale force winds caused damage to electricity infrastructure nationwide.
ESB said: “Falling trees and timber are responsible for most of the damage.
“ESB Networks crews worked till late last night and were out at first light this morning to restore power to customers affected by Storm Frank.”
The main areas affected are:
Bandon/Fermoy – 4000
Cobh – 2000
Carnew – 1200
Athlone – 1000
Maynooth – 600
In the UK, there are severe flood warnings, indicating danger to life, in Croston, Lancashire, where villagers are braced for the second flood in a week.
A further 46 flood warnings, requiring immediate action, are in force in England and Wales and more than 60 in place in Scotland.
About 5,500 homes have been left without power in the north of Scotland.
In Northern Ireland, homes also experienced power cuts, air passengers were delayed and fallen trees caused problems on the roads.