Galway battered with 140km/h gusts as Storm Eleanor gains pace

Galway battered with 140km/h gusts as Storm Eleanor gains pace

The Met Office says gusts of up to 80mph could hit the coast on Wednesday, as the tail end of Storm Eleanor sweeps across.

Video from Galway show the city's docks flooded, streets under water and even people driving along the seafront as huge waves endanger their vehicle.

Their chief forecaster said: "Severe gales will affect western and southern coasts this evening and overnight, with a very squally feature bringing a short spell of intense rainfall and very strong gusts to some inland localities".

Forecasters said there was a "small chance" of injuries and danger to life from waves and "beach material".

The Met Office warning lasts until 04:00 GMT on Wednesday.

Residents in coastal areas have been warned of possible 80mph gusts as Storm Eleanor approaches.

Carol Holt, the British Environment Agency's flood deputy manager, said that strong winds and large waves, combined with high tides, could trigger coastal flooding from Tuesday until Thursday.

There will be very high seas along Atlantic coasts, with a risk of coastal flooding also.

An amber wind warning, valid from 19:30 GMT on Tuesday, has been issued for much of Northern Ireland.

The weather alert has been issued by Met Eireann with high winds expected across most counties including Kilkenny. Indeed, several people took to Twitter to share videos and pictures of flooding in and around the Galway area.