Desmond may sound like a friendly next door neighbour, but don’t let the name make you underestimate the danger of the storm that’s currently battering Ireland and the UK.
The violent storm has made travelling severely dangerous, with extreme caution on the roads being urged by the Gardaí.
Please exercise caution on the roads this morning, high winds, heavy rain and standing water continue to make driving conditions challenging
— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) December 5, 2015
The severe weather conditions have even lead to the cancellation of many flights in the country today and passengers are being urged to check that their flights are still going ahead before heading to the airport.
#StormDesmond has caused a number of flight cancellations this morning. Please check with your airline for the latest information.
— Dublin Airport (@DublinAirport) December 5, 2015
Since setting in yesterday, Storm Desmond caused 2,400 homes to experience power outages which ESB technicians have been working around the clock to repair.
— ESB Networks (@ESBNetworks) December 4, 2015
A Red Warning, the most alarming weather status, has given by Met Éireann in many places along the west coast due to high levels of flooding today.
Prolonged heavy rain in W & NW likely to cause flooding. Rain becoming lighter & intermittent in SE & E. Very strong SW winds. Highs 10to13C
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) December 5, 2015
While Dublin is at the lower Yellow Status, travelling is still hazardous, particularly for cyclists.
— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) December 5, 2015
So be careful out there today and stay indoors where possible.