ALERT: Flooding shuts train station as Waterford braces for worst of weather warning
The heavy winds and rain expected to batter Waterford for the remainder of today have already reaped havoc with some services.
Irish Rail took the decision this morning to shut down Waterford’s Plunkett Station due to the rising flood waters.
A bus transfer service has been put in place between Waterford station and Thomastown in county Kilkenny for those travelling to and from Dublin.
Irish Rail tweeted this morning: “Due to possible flooding at Waterford Station, it has been closed. Update to follow.”
The close of the rail station comes as Waterford braces itself for the worst of a Status Yellow rain and Status Yellow wind warning issued by Met Eireann.
The rain warning from the national forecaster, which lasts up until 3pm today says: “Heavy rain at times with a risk of flooding.
“Rainfall totals of around 30-50mm expected, possibly higher in mountainous areas.”
Meanwhile, in a separate wind Met Éireann 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,” it concluded.
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.