Weather warnings still in place as gusts of 110km/h expected
7,000 homes still without electricity
Published 19/12/2013 | 06:58
A status yellow weather warning is in place for certain parts of the country as gusts of wind are expected to reach 110km/h.
The weather warning is in place for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Cavan, Monaghan and certain other areas in Munster and Leinster.
In those areas, southwest winds with reach between 45 to 55km/h.
The yellow warning advises people to be aware of adverse weather conditions.
According to a Met Eireann statement, It is implicit that yellow level weather alerts are for weather conditions that do not pose an immediate threat to the general population, but only to those exposed to risk by nature of their location and/or activity.
Around 7,000 homes remain without electricity following widespread blackouts as a result of extremely windy weather.
ESB noted 300 different faults during yesterday evening and night, leading to around 22,000 households suffering power cuts. The worst hit areas are in Donegal and Galway, according to ESB's head of customer services Mike Fitzgerald.
Speaking on RTE radio this morning, Mr Fitzgerald said crews were working overnight to return electricity to as many homes as possible.
"It wouldn't be unusual to have bad weather at this time of year. We’ll take care of our customers, whatever the weather.
"We’ll assess situation at daybreak and restore supply as quickly as possible."
Some areas of the country have experience heavy snow overnight, especially in Sligo, Tipperary and Ofally. The M7 Dublin/Limerick road is extremely slippery between J23 Moneygall and J27 Birdhill following a night of snow.