Friday 21 October 2016

Hundreds of Dublin ESB customers in the dark as Storm Henry downs power lines with 130 km/hr gales

David Kearns and Geraldine Gittens

Published 01/02/2016 | 08:38

Credit: Paul Mealey
Credit: Paul Mealey

Hundreds of ESB customers are currently without power in north Dublin as Storm Henry's force is felt in the city area.

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Some 95 ESB customers are without power in Sutton due to another fault.

Another 62 homes and businesses in the Ballymun area, and 94 in the Artane area of Dublin, are also experiencing outages due to a fault. While 134 ESB customers are without power in Glasmore.

Earlier this afternoon, a fault occurred in Malahide, leaving 2,078 homes and business without power. ESB said this outage was quickly rectified.

Earlier this morning, a thousand homes were without power as gales upwards of 130 km/hr downed power lines throughout the country.

A status orange wind warning is currently in effect for counties along the western coast, while two yellow alerts are in effect for other area.

The warnings will remain in effect until 4am tomorrow.

Wind speeds of up to 130 km/hr are expected Donegal, Galway, Letrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick.

These gales are due to peak this afternoon.

A second yellow weather alert has been issued for those counties along the Atlantic coast, warning that waves could reach heights of between 12 to 15 metres.

Meanwhile Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Roscommon, Tipperary and Waterford should also anticipate strong winds, the forecaster said.

"Gusts of between 90 and 110 km/h are expected during Sunday night and will continue through to Monday evening, when they are expected to peak.”

It will continue to be very windy early tonight and stormy near the northwest and north coasts, said Met Éireann.

“The weather will gradually eases overnight… with the storm mainly bringing drizzle and some showery spells which will become more prolonged as the day goes on.”

Frosty conditions are expected, and AA Roadwatch and Gardaí are asking motorists to take care when they set out each morning.

Aside from the high winds, the weather will remain unsettled for much of the rest of the week.

Power outages occurred in County Donegal after the arrival of Storm Henry, the eighth seasonal storm front to hit Ireland in the last few months.

Some 1029 homes in Dungloe are suffering faults currently, while there are minor outages in Mohill, Abbeyfeale, and Deerpark.

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