CORK County Council says that extensive tidal flooding across the county has affected towns from Castletownbere to Youghal.
In a statement, the council said: "The storm surge coupled with spring tides have been the major contributory factors. A southerly wind direction and high wind speeds coinciding with high tides had the effect of increasing the tide significantly."
The worst affected area was Bantry, with Wolfe Tony Square under water for a number of hours this morning.
Also affected were Castletownbere, Timoleague, Courtmacsherry, Kinsale, Carrigaline, Crosshaven, Cobh, Whitegage, Aghada and Youghal.
The council statement said: "Cork County Council’s Fire Service and roads crews have attended a number of locations this morning and continue to assist as the tidal waters subside. A status Yellow Wind and Rain Warning is in effect until 3.00PM today. Cork County Council advises road users to be aware of the danger posed by high winds.
Driving conditions may be hazardous with surface flooding possible.
Motorists are advised to avoid driving through flowing or standing water and to exercise caution during heavy wind and rain. Motorists are also asked to be conscious of cyclists and pedestrians."
It continued: "Issues such as fallen trees, flooding and road damage should be reported to the relevant Local Area Office during working hours or contact the Council’s Emergency Out of Hours number (021) 4800048 (5pm-9am & weekends & bank holidays). Contact details for the Council’s Area Offices are available at www.corkcoco.ie or by contacting Cork County Council Headquarters on (021) 4276891."
It concluded: "The strong winds may give rise to localised power outages. In the event of disruption to power supply, please contact ESB Networks at 1850 372 999. Fallen or grounded wires should be avoided, and the public are advised call ESB in assisting with the identification of location of fallen wires."
Meanwhile, the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection's humanitarian assistance scheme is available to support homeowners whose houses have been affected by severe flooding in Cork.
The department is urging anyone who wants information on it to contact (021) 4805471 or email email@example.com.
UPDATE 11.45am: UP to 25 businesses are cleaning up this morning after being flooded by high tides in Bantry.
The businesses were among more than 50 who were also flooded in August. Some were due to close from tomorrow evening under the level 5 restrictions.
Amanda Kelly of O'Connor's Seafood restaurant said the premises was worse hit by this morning's floods than it was in August.
And she said it came a day after its owner Shane Spillane celebrated his wedding yesterday in the restaurant.
"The water came in the door and all the way into the back of the restaurant, and to our outdoor dining area," she said. "There was two foot of water at 8am this morning in the outdoor area."
She said that in August, the restaurant's staff provided food to other businesses affected by the flooding but could not do so this time as the premises was harder hit.
She outlined: "The water is gone into all the skirtings. Stock that was on the floor is soaking wet and destroyed."
Chairman of Bantry Business Association, Diarmaid Murphy, said the flooding was now after receding. He is hopeful that high tide this evening will not be as dangerous for the town if the winds are from a different direction.
He said both sides of Wolfe Tone Square were affected by this morning's tidal flood and a one-way traffic system was in place for most of this morning.
Cork County Council has confirmed that the extensive tidal flooding that occurred along the coastline this morning has also affected numerous other Cork towns, including Castletownbere,Timoleague, Courtmacsharry, Kinsale, Carrigaline, Crosshaven, Cobh, Whitegate, Aghada and Youghal.
Cork County Council’s Fire Service and roads crews have attended a number of locations this morning and continue to assist as the tidal waters subside," a spokesperson said. "A status Yellow Wind and Rain Warning is in effect until 3.00PM today. Cork County Council advises road users to be aware of the danger posed by high winds.
"Driving conditions may be hazardous with surface flooding possible. Motorists are advised to avoid driving through flowing or standing water and to exercise caution during heavy wind and rain. Motorists are also asked to be conscious of cyclists and pedestrians."
EARLIER: Carrigaline has been hit with flooding, affecting the Main Street, Station Road and Crosshaven Road.
Nearby Passage West has flooding on its Main Street, with a number of buildings having water coming in under their doors.
Local councillor Marcia Dalton said the tide was 4.6 metres high this morning in the area.
The centre of Bantry remains flooded and gardaí are asking people to avoid the area.
Back Street in Youghal is flooded, while Pier Road in Kinsale is to be avoided.
Gardaí are also advising that Whitegate village is flooded, while in Rosscarbery, the causeway area is under water this morning.