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Floods and travel disruption as Storm Brian hits

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Storm Brian has caused flooding and travel disruption in parts of Ireland, with winds reaching more than 60mph.

Less than a week after ex-hurricane Ophelia battered the country, resulting in three deaths, the latest storm brought high winds and large Atlantic waves through Friday night and into Saturday.

But while some ferries were cancelled and some local roads closed, damage has been limited, the head of the Republic's emergency coordination group said.

Limerick city appeared to be one of the worst-hit areas, with the River Shannon having overflowed.

Flooding in Limerick later receded as water levels in the Shannon fell after the morning high tide.

In Galway city, temporary flood defences erected close to the Spanish Arch landmark proved effective, though the waters came close to reaching some properties.

Sean Hogan, chair of the emergency group, said, "The rainfall is not finished but the extent of damage, flooding and disruption has been limited and in line with expectations for this type of Atlantic storm."

Many popular visitor locations, such as the Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare, were closed to the public on Saturday due to the weather warnings.

"Do not visit, it is unsafe and extremely dangerous," said a warning on the venue's website.

Racing at the Fairyhouse track in Co Meath was postponed.

An orange wind warning, the second highest, has been issued for southern and western coastal areas, spanning counties in the south and south-west. There were gusts of more than 60mph (100kmh) in Cork, Kerry, Clare and Galway, Met Eireann said.

A yellow rain warning remains in place until 9pm on Saturday between Donegal and Waterford, with up to 50mm expected to fall in 24 hours.

Storm Brian is the result of a "weather bomb" of low pressure in the Atlantic Ocean.

It arrived in Ireland as the country is still picking up the pieces in the wake of Ophelia.

Electricity network operator ESB has warned that the latest burst of bad weather will hamper efforts to restore power to customers still without electricity in the wake of Monday's violent winds.

Around 22,000 people remain without power.