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Rain warning lifted at as the worst of Storm Desmond passes

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Rain warning lifted at as the worst of Storm Desmond passes

A Status Red rain warning was lifted at 3am as the worst of Storm Desmond has passed.

There was widespread flooding as the  storm dumped more than 100mm of rain along the south, west and northwest of the country, over the past 24 hours.

Gardaí, the Army and local authority staff were called out in many counties to assist people caught by the flood waters.

Even though the rain will ease for most of today, water levels are expected to remain very high, and wet and windy weather systems will push up from the southwest again tonight.  

ESB Networks crew worked hard to restore power to 12,000 homes, but around 600 were without power overnight in Killarney, Co Kerry and Crossmolina, Co Mayo. 

There were extensive delays, diversions and cancellations at Dublin airport last night with virtually all Ryanair flights cancelled.

Intending ferry passengers are advised to check with ferry companies and air passengers with their airlines. 

Irish Ferries has cancelled two services this morning – the 8.45am Dublin to Holyhead Jonathan Swift service, and the 11.50 Holyhead to Dublin service.

Tonight will be mostly overcast, with occasional rain and hill and coastal fog, but some dry spells will develop in many areas. It will become windy, with fresh to strong and gusty southerly winds developing along Atlantic coasts.