UPDATE: Met Éireann issues new orange weather alert for Limerick

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WATCH: Flooding and power cuts in Limerick as Storm Eleanor batters country

There was significant flooding across Limerick as Storm Eleanor hit on Tuesday evening | Picture: Brendan Gleeson

MET Éireann has extended its status orange weather alert warning of gale to storm winds across Limerick until early on Wednesday afternoon.

In an update this Tuesday night, the national forecaster stated the earlier weather warning will now remain in place until 2pm on Wednesday. 

Earlier, Crews from Limerick City and County Council were deployed to deal with flooding as Storm Eleanor battered the country.

There were reports of localised flooding and surface water in several areas across the city and county with motorists being warned to exercise caution.

The local authority, which assembled its Severe Weather Assessment Team earlier on Tuesday, says it dealt with flooding at Merchant's Quay near the Potato Market, at Sarsfield House and at both O'Callaghan and Clancy Strands. George's Quay was also impassable.

There are also reports of flooding at Steamboat Quay and in Corbally with crews from Limerick Fire and Rescue Service being  deployed to assist a van driver who entered flood waters near Watch House Cross shortly after 7pm.

There are also reports of flooding in County Limerick. According to residents in Askeaton, the River Deel breached its banks in the town shortly before 6pm this Tuesday.

Several houses in the area of The Quay are believed to have suffered damage as a result.

The water came up quickly, according to local sources, but is now retreating slowly.

Sandbags were in place at houses along the street in order to prevent residential flooding.

Meanwhile, ESB Networks says around 800 customers are without power due to faults.

More than 600 customers have been affected in the Athlacca area while almost 200 have been affected between Abbeyfeale and Athea.

A status orange weather alert, issued by Met Éireann remains in place until 10pm.