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Flooding on Fr Mathew Quay back in November.Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Flooding on Fr Mathew Quay back in November.Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Storm Ellen: Wind warning and potential flooding

The weather may have cleared up temporarily today, but the "unseasonably wet and very windy" conditions we have been experiencing of late are set to return tomorrow with the arrival of Storm Ellen.

Earlier this afternoon, Met Éireann issued a countrywide status yellow wind warning which will come into effect from 9pm tomorrow evening.

The wind warning will remain in place until 12:00 on Thursday bringing heavy rain with it.

"It will become very windy on Wednesday night and throughout the day on Thursday. 

"Severe gusts are likely and there is a risk of some disruption.

"Due to the combination of storm surge, spring tides and onshore winds there is a potential risk of coastal flooding," Met Éireann has stated.

Cork City Council has said there is a risk that some roads and parking areas along low-lying quays in the city centre may suffer localised flooding as a result of high astronomical spring tides from tomorrow until Friday.

These areas include the South Terrace, Morrison’s Quay, Fr Matthew Quay, Trinity Bridge, Union Quay, Sharman Crawford Street, Wandesford Quay, Frenche’s Quay, Crosses Green, Lavitt’s Quay and  Kyrl’s Quay. 

Traffic restrictions may be in place at these locations during high tides. 

On Wednesday evening, high tide will be just shortly after 6:50pm.

On Thursday morning high tide will be at 7:12am and evening high tide will be at 7:33pm whilst on Friday high tides will be at 7:55am and 8:16pm.