WATCH: Parts of Galway under water as Storm Elsa batters Ireland

WATCH: Parts of Galway under water as Storm Elsa batters Ireland

PARTS OF Galway were left severely flooded last night as Storm Elsa gave the West an unanticipated battering.

A Yellow Weather warning for both wind and rain had been issued for several counties across the country yesterday, but many were taken by surprise by the sheer scale and power of the storm, with some blaming Met Eireann for a lack of warning regarding the severity of the weather.

The weather service had upgraded the weather warning to Status Orange for Galway and Mayo, with the warning due to come into effect at 9pm-- but this was only announced at 8.46pm, and according to citizens of the western counties the weather had been "violent" for some time at that point.

Torrential downpours in Dublin, in the East of the country, left the River Liffey dangeorusly swollen, but the rain abated before any flooding occurred.

The West of the country, particularly Galway and Mayo were the worst affected, with parts of Salthill almost completely submerged.

In Mayo and Galway, several roads were blocked as a result of fallen trees.

But the morning brought calm and clear blue skies, and the people of Galway in particular are ready to get back to normal, as small businesses prepare for Christmas shoppers and NUIG students prepare for Christmas exams.

And throughout it all, people kept their sense of humour.