Friday 30 September 2016

Gales cause roads havoc and snow is on way

Greg Harkin

Published 19/11/2015 | 02:30

ESB staff repair broken power lines after the storms
ESB staff repair broken power lines after the storms
A broken bough in Orwell Park
The swimming pool in Wicklow town, where Storm Barney ripped off the roof
Workers clear a fallen tree on Military Road in Ballybrack, Dublin
Flooding on Lower Road, Lucan

Fallen trees, flooding and power cuts caused disruption to communities across the country - and now the first snows are on their way.

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A status yellow alert yesterday followed the damage caused by Storm Barney, with winds only easing late last night.

Met Éireann said winds would ease only slightly over the next two days but would start to come from the northwest, plunging temperatures on Saturday to just 4C, the coldest day of the autumn so far.

Higher areas of Ulster and Connacht will see their first snow of the season on Saturday.

ESB Networks restored power to 40,000 customers as crews worked through yesterday to fix more than 400 faults, with the worst incidents in south Leinster, Munster and Connacht.

Homes and businesses in Delvin, Gorey, Kilmartin, Ennistymon, Enniscorthy, Ennis, Thurles, Baltinglass, Mountrath, Newscastlewest and Killcullen were among the last to be fixed last night.

The company said 5,000 customers remained without power at teatime, but that only a small number of them would have to wait until today to have power restored.

Wicklow County Council was the busiest local authority yesterday as road crews removed more than 50 trees blocking roads.

Gardaí urged caution on the M18 near the Drumoland junction after a tree came down there and tree falls were dealt with in Limerick, Galway, Clare, Wexford and Cork.

In the west and northwest heavy rain for a sixth day caused problems for motorists again, with county council crews on standby into the night.

In Donegal, a number of roads remained closed, with rural roads around the River Finn and River Lennon worst affected.

Lightning cut power to homes in the Finn Valley.

In Ballinasloe, Co Galway, the station road in Derrymullen was closed after the river burst its banks. Surface water remained on many roads, especially in the east of the county.

In Portumna, a farm shed blew onto a road during Tuesday's storms, with a lot of trees also down in the area.

Garda traffic patrols were busy throughout the country for the evening commute as 100kph gusts and heavy rain caused problems on roads.

The highest winds recorded on Tuesday were at Shannon Airport, with operations disrupted by gales gusts of 128kph, while offshore the most severe, up to 146kmph, was on the Fastnet Lighthouse.

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