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Thursday 28 August 2014

Storm abates but chill and winds to continue

Published 07/01/2014 | 09:06

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STORM Christine may have eased but the cold and blustery winds will continue today across the country.

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Strong southwest gales will cover the coasts and Irish Sea while temperatures will remain at a chilly 8 to 10 degrees.

 

There will be widespread showers in all parts of the country throughout the day, with heavy rain falling in many areas.

 

Isolated thunderstorms are likely to erupt in western parts while other areas in the east will be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of some sunny spells.

 

The windy weather will ease off later in the day for commuters making their way home from work.

 

Tonight will be frosty with temperatures dropping to between 0 and 4 degrees and the rain will continue tonight in the south and west.

 

Last weekend’s storm - thought to be the most prolonged and destructive storm experienced in two decades - was expected to ease today.

 

However, it has wiped away many coastal defences, washed away roads and destroyed buildings.

 

The estimated cost of the damages, after floods destroyed many homes and businesses, is €300m.

 

Severe winds reached 120kph in some areas and about 5,000 houses lost electricity, while 11,000 electrical faults were reported to Eircom.

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