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Wet, wet, wet Ireland weather: Status Yellow rainfall in place as Cork badly hit by flooding

A deluge of rain has led to spot flooding and excess surface water on the roads and motorists are being asked to slow down due to poor conditions.

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A Status Yellow Rainfall Warning remains in place for five counties in the south and southwest of the country this morning.

The alert for Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford will be in effect run until 9am this morning.

A deluge of rain has led to spot flooding and excess surface water on the roads and motorists are being asked to slow down due to poor conditions.

Cork is particularly badly affected, with AA Roadwatch advising drivers to take extra care.

A spokesperson said: "Particular care is needed across county Cork this morning. Lots of flooding and surface water reported in many areas, including around Mallow, Bandon and Clonakilty."

The main Bandon/Macroom Rd is impassable between Templemartin and Bandon due to flooding near Duke’s Wood.

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Car drives through floods (David Jones/PA)

Car drives through floods (David Jones/PA)

Car drives through floods (David Jones/PA)

The Dromahane road near Newberry is also flooded, with motorists advised to take alternative routes.

There are also fallen trees on the Glengarriff to Castletownbere road outside Castletownbere and on the N71 between Skibbereen and Leap.

There's also flooding on the Drinagh to Enniskean Road and the Dunmanway Road at Ardcahan Bridge.

"Heavy rain at times may cause some localised flooding," said Met Eireann.

"Rainfall totals generally around 30-40mm, higher in mountainous areas."

Meanwhile, Wednesday will start "mostly dry and cloudy, with rain arriving on the south coast in the morning, reaching all parts of the province by mid afternoon," the national forecaster revealed.

"A cold day with highs of just three to six degrees, cold enough for the rain to fall as sleet over high ground. A light variable breeze will increase moderate to fresh easterly along the southern coast later."

Tonight there will be "outbreaks of rain continuing in most areas with sleet on high ground. Lows of one to four degrees in freshening northerly winds, becoming strong on coasts."

Meanwhile, Christmas Eve will see "a wet and windy start, with a clearance to sunny spells slowly making its way southeastwards through the afternoon.

"The last of the rain, however, will not clear the east of the province until after dark. Highs of five to seven degrees in fresh to strong northerly winds, with gales on southern coasts."

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