Continuing flooding and thunder cause damage across the country
Reminiscent of the lost city of Atlantis, much of Ireland is underwater as the country has been battered by heavy flooding and torrential rainfall since Wednesday. And there is more on the way too warns Mét Eireann, the Irish National Meteorological Service.
#Floods take over entire roads in #Ireland:http://t.co/pBislVucyw pic.twitter.com/KegK2ZkCdi— Banjo (@banjo) November 13, 2014
The severity of this deluge of water has only intensified since the beginning of the week. A Status Orange Alert, the second most serious weather warning, was issued on Wednesday after many towns and villages found themselves already submerged in water.
Crews dealt with numerous flooding around the city all night, this scene from Nutgrove Avenue @DubFireBrigade pic.twitter.com/ISELRgwIlv— DFB No.3 Station (@DFBNo3) November 14, 2014
While strong winds and rains have swept across the country, flooding has been localized in a few areas, mainly along the east coast of the country and the north.
RT @newraypics: Heavy rain caused flooding across Newry City Northern Ireland on Bridge Street Newry pic.twitter.com/yDlIpzDvy9” #UKStorm2014— UKStorm2014 (@UKStorm2014) November 13, 2014
The areas affected by flooding include the south-easterly towns of Wexford and Enniscorthy, as well as parts of Dublin, Waterford and Wicklow.
Clean-up begins after N Ireland #flooding: http://t.co/y3SJLBO27Q Jo pic.twitter.com/0wqhUZtv6f— BBC Weather (@bbcweather) November 14, 2014
Enniscorthy, which James Joyce once called "the finest place in the world" was one of the most unfortunate victims of the elements. Schools were advised to remain shut and the town came to a standstill as the River Slaney burst its banks.
WEXFORD: N11 Dublin/Wexford Rd closed in Enniscorthy on Wexford side due to flooding. Thanks @tweather_flash for pic pic.twitter.com/NCeLQjDd9j— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) November 13, 2014
Dramatic scenes unfolded on the outskirts of the town when a group of seventeen horses had to be saved from equine peril. The horses will live to gallop another day after their daring rescue by the brave Wexford Search and Rescue team.
Good news... Those horses stranded in the Slaney have been rescued, in a daring operation: http://t.co/yco3TViV0v pic.twitter.com/olfSBUFtti— TheJournal.ie (@thejournal_ie) November 14, 2014
Earlier in the day, another, smaller group of horses managed to escape the rising tide after a resourceful member of the team of horses led them all to safety.
These brave horses rescued themselves today. One brave horse lead his pals to safety #Enniscorthy Animals are amazing pic.twitter.com/3W3BwcKkrz— Dougal (@DougalCMK) November 14, 2014
Flash flooding has caused significant delays to the Irish people, with the trains and buses running behind schedule across much of the country.
Rain & more rain. Possible flash flooding. Reduce speed & slowdown, Expect the unexpected pic.twitter.com/gw2m6KmTKN— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) November 14, 2014
Flooding wasn’t reserved to just the east coast, as the same high winds and freezing rain buffeted Northern counties. Worst hit was Newry, with the road between the flooded Armagh town and neighbouring Belfast made impassable.
Flooding has been reported across Northern Ireland - Newry particularly badly affected. http://t.co/y4PRFdAIHt pic.twitter.com/sjL5AzkkFd— BBC News NI (@BBCNewsNI) November 13, 2014
The rainfall is expected to ease off somewhat coming into the weekend and the weather alert has been downgraded from Orange to Yellow. Even still, rain is expected to reach between one and a half and two inches over the weekend. Thankfully that hasn't stopped some people from seeing the lighter side of things!
As flooding sets in, Ireland begins to panic! pic.twitter.com/JHE6LVAiMK— AnTuamach (@Dermy21) November 13, 2014