September 26, 2023

ALERT: Flooding hits rail services as Kilkenny braces for worst of weather warning

The heavy winds and rain expected to batter Kilkenny for the remainder of today has already reaped havoc with some services.

Irish Rail this morning took the decision to shut down Plunkett Station in Waterford due to the rising flood waters. Commuters are instead being provided with a bus transfer between Thomastown station and Waterford.

Irish Rail tweeted: “Due to possible flooding at Waterford Station, it has been closed. Update to follow.”

Meanwhile, a Status Yellow rain and Status Yellow wind warning remains in place for Kilkenny.

The rain warning remains in place until 3pm today. Met Éireann said: “Heavy rain at times with a risk of flooding. Rainfall totals of around 30-50mm expected, possibly higher in mountainous areas.”

It has also issued a wind warning for Kilkenny. The national forecaster said: “Becoming very windy on Tuesday. Southeast winds, veering southwest will reach mean speeds of 50-65km/h, gusting up to 100km/h. Exceptionally high tides combined with strong onshore winds gives an elevated risk of coastal flooding.”

There have already been reports of flooding along the coast of Cork and further inland as the wind and rain makes its way along the south coast.



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