STORM conditions brought havoc to Cork today.
A luxury liner Lirica, carrying 3,000 passengers, had to skip a planned 6am stop in Cobh because of rough seas. Arrangements had to be made to fly passengers due to board in Cobh to its next port of call, Amsterdam, to link up with the vessel.
Fota Wildlife Park closed to the public because of health and safety concerns about high winds. Dozens of fishing trawlers were forced to shelter in Castletownbere harbour while a cargo plane had to be diverted from Cork Airport at 5am.
No passenger flights were affected by the conditions.
Met Éireann had forecast 24 hours of hurricane-like conditions, with a weather alert in operation until midnight tonight. Sherkin Island recorded 28mm of rainfall between 3am and 6am this morning, while 18mm was recorded at Moore Park in the same period.
The road between Bandon and Macroom was like a river because of early morning heavy rain.
Flooding was also reported at the Kinsale Road roundabout, the Halfway between Cork and Bandon, Killeagh, Schull and Raffeen, between Monkstown and Ringaskiddy.
And although rainfall abated from about 9.30am, further downpours were expected from mid-afternoon, along with winds of up to 110km per hour.
This combined with high tides at around 5pm fuelled fears of flooding in coastal areas and near rivers.
This morning, the MSC shipping company took the decision to divert the luxury liner Lirica from Cobh and to continue to its next port, Amsterdam.
The liner was due in Cobh this morning at 6am, on route from Dublin.
The 3,000 passenger liner was due to pick up more passengers in Cobh.
Meanwhile, the management of Fota Wildlife Park opted to remain closed today .
A spokesman for Cork County Council said areas like Douglas and Ballyvolane, hit by flooding on June 28, were being monitored by staff since last night.
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