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Thursday 2 October 2014

Storm causes chaos

Bill Browne

Published 13/02/2014 | 05:26

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A tree down across the road at Strawhall, Fermoy, last Wednesday afternoon. Photo: Dermot Fitzgerald

FERMOY was plunged into traffic chaos on Wednesday afternoon as storm Darwin buffeted the town closing down roads and damaging buildings.

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An articulated lorry driving on the northbound carriageway of the M8 motorway was blown onto its side as it drove over the Fermoy flyover at around 12.30pm.

The driver of the lorry was taken to hospital and treated for minor injuries.

However, the highs winds meant that recovery trucks were unable to right the lorry, resulting in the motorway remaining closed for a number of hours.

Traffic was forced to pass through the town of Fermoy, causing massive tailbacks on either side of the town.

Meanwhile, two business premises on Patrick Street were forced to close their doors after high winds caused the roof of one building to cave in which also resulted in damage to the roof of the adjacent one.

Speaking to The Corkman at the height of the storm a garda spokesman said that falling tress also damaged a number of parked cars in the town.

"Thankfully as this stage there have been no reports of any serious injuries," he said."

The spokesman said villages in the greater Fermoy area were also badly affected by the storm weather, with power outages in Rathcormac, Kilworth and Castlelyons among other places.

"Many roads were also left impassable due to fallen trees. Our advice to people has been not to venture outside as there is a very real risk of danger from flying debris," he said.

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