Sunday 20 April 2014

10,000 homes and businesses without power following overnight storms

storm which cut off power to over 7,000 homes in the south of the country, was captured on video by Jonathan Ryan, who shot a bolt of lightning striking St Marys' Church in Clonmel.
A bolt of lightning striking St Marys' Church in Clonmel.

The inclement weather which has caused chaos over the past few days is expected to continue today with thunderstorms and wintry showers forecast.

Up to 10,000 homes were without power this morning because of heavy and thundery conditions overnight.

Half of those affected by the electricity loss are in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford and around 2,000 homes and businesses in the Bandon area of Cork are without power.

6,000 of the customers affected have been reconnected, mostly in the Enniscorthy area. 3,500 subscribers are still without power.

ESB are working to restore the service but all homes are expected to be reconnected to the grid by the end of the day.

AA Roadwatch is warning of black ice in many areas around the country and are advising motorists to drive with extreme caution.

The north and the west are in the most danger of experiencing snow showers later today.

It will be bitterly cold today with temperatures only raning from four to eight degrees celcius.

Gale force southerly winds will be very strong along the southern coastline.

Irish Ferries have been forced to cancel many of their fast ferry services over the weekend due to weather conditions, though passengers will be accommodated on their regular ships.

The Jonathan Swift and MV Epsilon sailings on the Dublin to Holyhead route have been cancelled by Irish Ferries fot today and tomorrow.

Today's sailing by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company to Douglas have also been cancelled.

The severe weather is set to continue and Met Eireann has warned it could hit travel plans at Christmas. Monday will be wet and very windy in all parts, with the possibility of some storm damage and localised flooding. The storm is expected to pass by the north west coast during the day.

Christmas Eve will see calmer conditions but it will be breezy and polar winds will increase the chill. Christmas Day is expected to be crisp and cold. After a frosty start, there is the possibility of snow on higher ground.

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