Transport services begin returning to normal after Storm Desmond moves past Ireland

Members of the Defence Forces were deployed last night to help local authorities deal with flooding

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Met Éireann has withdrawn its severe weather warnings overnight, as the damage from Saturday's stormy weather begins to be assessed. 

Storm Desmond has wreaked havoc across the country this weekend, with gale force winds and torrential rain. The storm has now moved across the Irish Sea to northern England and Scotland.

However a number of local authorities are warning that localised flooding is still causing problems in some areas, with some roads still impassable.

Last night members of the Defence Forces were called in to help local authorities deal with flooding in areas including Cork, Kerry, Westmeath and Donegal.

Officers were also deployed to Athlone to assist in the transport of nurses.

In Mayo, Crossmolina was impassable due to severe flooding overnight, while in Cork Bandon appears to have taken the brunt of storm Desmond.

Meanwhile the ESB are working to restore power to customers still left without electricity.

Power has already been restored to the thousands of homes affected by heavy winds and rain over the course of Friday and Saturday.

You can check affected areas on ESB Networks' PowerCheck website.

Two Irish Ferries 'Jonathan Swift' fast craft sailings have been cancelled this morning, with passengers being accommodated on other sailings today.

Jane Creegan of Iarnrod Eireann says most services are operating as normal today, with the exception of flooding causing the closure of Dromod to Longford line.

In addition, dozens of flights were cancelled yesterday at airports around the country - including up to 50 in Dublin alone - as a result of Storm Desmond.

Siobhan O'Donnell from the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) hopes the flight schedule will be fully operational this morning, with passengers being advised to check with their airlines for the latest updates.

Although the weather is set to improve, National Director of the Irish Red Cross Tony Lawlor says the clean-up starts today, with various agencies set to help cope with the aftermath: