Monday 5 December 2016

Storm Abigail: Major clean-up operation underway after 120kmh gales wreak havoc

* Warning dropped to 'yellow'
* Blustery and cold today
* Some fallen trees on roads
* Gardai issue warning to road users

Published 13/11/2015 | 02:30

A woman gets caught in heavy rain in stormy conditions in Dublin city centre
A woman gets caught in heavy rain in stormy conditions in Dublin city centre
Richard Kiely with his three year old twin sons Riain, left, and Conor from Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, at the racing. Clonmel Racecourse, Powerstown Park, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

A major clean-up operation is under way after Storm Abigail wreaked havoc across the country.

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Western counties were hardest hit as Abigail hit counties Clare, Galway, Mayo, and Sligo in particular, with gales reaching 120kmh in some areas.

The rest of the country also felt nature's wrath as the strong winds swept in from across the Atlantic, bringing with them high tides and heavy downpours.

Met Éireann issued an orange alert yesterday - the second most serious warning - with a wind warning for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo. A less serious yellow warning was in place for the rest of the country.

Richard Kiely with his three year old twin sons Riain, left, and Conor from Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, at the racing. Clonmel Racecourse, Powerstown Park, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
Richard Kiely with his three year old twin sons Riain, left, and Conor from Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, at the racing. Clonmel Racecourse, Powerstown Park, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

At Dublin Airport, there were many delays and a small number of incoming domestic and international flights were cancelled.

Scheduled flights from the Isle of Man, Shetland and Frankfurt were also affected.

Another alert has been put in place for Clare, Cork, Kerry, and Limerick, taking effect at 6am today.

Motorists are being warned to drive with extreme care and avoid some coastal routes, while members of the public have been urged not to put themselves in danger.

AA Roadwatch are informing drivers through their social media channels and radio broadcasts of fallen trees which are blocking some roads and are advising alternate routes.

Gardaí are also warning people to stay away from exposed coasts and waterways.

Today will start off cold and windy, with heavy showers across the western half of the country. Temperatures will hit a high of 9C.

The situation is unlikely to improve over the weekend, although it will be warmer as the winds swing to the south-west.

Saturday is expected to be wet and breezy, while scattered rain will affect many parts on Sunday.

Irish Independent

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