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Met Eireann issue rainfall warning

Met Eireann issue rainfall warning

Up to 40mm of rain is expected to fall in the Leinster and Munster areas for the next 18 hours.

Met Eireann have issued a Status Yellow Rainfall Warning.

It came into effect at midday today, and will remain in place until 6pm tomorrow evening.

The warning comes after AA Roadwatch reported a number of routes around the country are affected by flooding.

The worst affected areas are Connacht and Munster.

The AA are advising drivers to slow down and increase the distance between yourself and the driver in front.

"Flooding also remains an issue in some parts of the country following the severe weather of earlier in the month. If you encounter flooding on the roads, don't attempt to drive through it if you can't tell how deep it is. If you have to drive through standing water, drive through the centre of the road as it tends to be the highest point," AA has advised.

MUNSTER

CORK: Gardai tell us that the Bandon/ Kilbrittain Rd (R603) is impassable outside Bandon due to flooding.

CORK: Longfield's Bridge (R621) west of Mallow, just off the N72 Killarney/ Dungarvan Rd is closed due to flooding.

TIPPERARY: The N65 Portumna/ Borrisokane Rd is closed on the Portumna side of Carrigahorig due to flooding. Diversions are in place via Lohrra.

CLARE: There is flooding on the Kilkee/ Carrigaholt Rd (R487) about 1.5 km outside Kilkee. Take an alternative route.

CONNACHT

GALWAY: Gardai say extreme care is needed on the M6 Westmeath/ Galway Rd eastbound between J19 Oranmore and J17 Athenry due to very slippery conditions. Slow down.

GALWAY: The N18 Limerick/ Galway Rd is closed at Labane due to flooding on the route. Diversions are in place.

MAYO: The Ballinrobe/ Glencorrib Rd (R334) is closed at The Neale and Cross due to flooding. Motorists are advised to use the N84 instead.

MAYO: The Green Rd in Foxford is closed as a result of flooding.

LEITRIM: Restrictions remain in place for traffic on the N4 Sligo/ Dublin Rd in Carrick-on-Shannon at Shannonside Retail Park following flooding.

LEITRIM: The Keadue Rd (R284) remains flooded outside Leitrim Village.

LEINSTER

KILKENNY: Bleech Rd in Kilkenny City is closed following flooding.