Sunday 11 December 2016

Electricity black-outs fixed - but Storm Frank is on the way

Published 25/12/2015 | 00:10

ESB hopes to have all power restored by this morning.
ESB hopes to have all power restored by this morning.

Ferries were cancelled and thousands of homes and businesses left without power after Storm Eva battered Ireland on Christmas Eve.

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Motorists making long journeys home for the holiday were warned to take extra care after heavy rainfall and storm force winds left several roads flooded.

Emergency services were yesterday at the scene of two serious crashes, including a multi-vehicle collision on the M3, which was closed both ways between junction six and seven.

There was also a crash on the M6 Dublin to Galway motorway at J17 Athenry.

Some areas also had flurries of snow which quickly melted in most places, dashing any hopes of a white Christmas.

Met Éireann said rain will gradually push northwards this morning, reaching the top of the country by midday. It will also be cold today, with temperatures not exceeding 13C.

St Stephen's Day will be bright and blustery, with some sunny spells and scattered showers, but cloudier with more persistent rain in southern counties.

Warnings

An orange weather warning had threatened Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork and Kerry on Tuesday night, as Storm Eva brought gusts of up to 120kph.

Met Éireann issued a similar yellow warning for Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Leitrim, Roscommon, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford.

The high winds led to the cancellation of a number of Irish Ferries sailings yesterday. The Oscar Wilde and Swift sailings between Dublin and Holyhead were cancelled, while other services faced delays. However, Irish Ferries said everyone who booked to travel during the day eventually got to their destinations.

Meanwhile, flooding remain an issue on roads in some parts of the country as Storm Eva hit just weeks after Storm Desmond caused havoc around the country.

ESB said that at the height of the storm on Tuesday night 6,000 customers were without power. Engineers worked to repair faults all day and the ESB said it hoped all would be restored by this morning.

It warned people to never approach or touch fallen wires as they may be live.

"Storms and strong winds can cause damage to the overhead electricity wires and poles, so always be alert and keep your distance," said a spokeswoman.

But forecasters warned that the respite from the storms are just temporary - the next storm, named Frank, looks likely to strike Ireland early next week.

Irish Independent

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