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The lighthouse off the coast of Bull Island on the Dublin coast on Wednesday Photo by: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Ireland battered by worst storm in 26 years - Atlantic winds and rains slam ashore - VIDEOS

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The lighthouse off the coast of Bull Island on the Dublin coast on Wednesday Photo by: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Ireland has been slammed by hurricane strength wind and rain in what is being described as the worst storm in 26 years. Meteorological experts are comparing conditions to Hurricane Charlie, which hit Dublin City in 1986.

Forecaster Gerry Murphy told the Evening Herald “There will be exceptionally strong winds which will be travelling right up the country today. That, combined with heavy rain and thundery conditions, means it is going to be very, very wet and in some places these conditions will be dangerous, particularly in the east and the south.”

On Wednesday morning the storm hit Cork’s shoreline preventing the luxury cruise ship MCS Lirica from docking. The storm then moved up the east of the country where the coastguard warned the public to stay away from exposed water.

In Dublin officials closed the flood gates to the river Dodder as winds reached 110 kph. As homes were battered by the high winds the capital went into major flood alert and commuters braced for chaotic road conditions.

Here’s some raw footage of the floods in the streets of Schull, County Cork:

Here’s a satellite view of the storm moving in over Ireland:

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