Sunday 18 March 2018

600 homes without power, as storm lashes country

Clouds gather over flooded fields outside Deerhurst, Gloucestershire, where flood alerts remain in force after Christmas storms swept Britain
Clouds gather over flooded fields outside Deerhurst, Gloucestershire, where flood alerts remain in force after Christmas storms swept Britain
Initial estimates indicate the Government could be left with a bill exceeding €100m. Photo: Arthur Carron/Collins
The gale warning is in place for coastal areas.

Met Eireann has warned that the national status orange warning will be in place until tomorrow.

Met Eireann have said that squally showers  are set to continue  in most parts of the country tonight, a few of them thundery and some falling as sleet or snow over high ground.

A severe weather warning  was in place throughout the day for counties up and down the west coast as winds of up to 130km/h  hit.

As night falls, strong to gale force, westerly winds will  continue to persist countrywide, with stormy conditions much of the time in northwestern and western counties.

Lowest temperatures 0 to 4 degrees Celsius but at least it is too windy for frost or ice to develop.

Power outages had affected homes and businesses in certain parts of the country. Some 800 homes were without power in the first part of the day in 'small pockets' of the country, an ESB spokesperson has said.

It is now down to approximately 600 homes with an ESB spokesperson saying they hope to have power restored to all these homes by nightfall. 

The worst area affected was in Clifden in Co Galway where 300 homes were left without power.

Outages have been reported in other parts of Galway, Mayo and Tipperary, and some of these were due to lightning strikes.

A spokesperson for Met Eireann said: "The warning will be in place until tomorrow morning and this will be monitored throughout the day."

The orange alert wind warning is in place for Counties Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Kerry and Limerick.

"Very inclement weather came in during the night, and it's clearing the East coast now this morning. The winds eased off but they're picking back up again."

"The Atlantic seaboard counties are getting the highest winds and there's a further complication with high seas."

Today's storm will not be unlike the conditions brought by Storm Christine at the beginning of this month.

"Wind-wise it'll be similar, and other meteorological parameters are similar. All the potential is there for it to be similar," the spokesperson said.

However, he added: "We don't have the severe tides that we had last time. The next high tides in Ireland will be next weekend with the second moon."

The spokesperson warned that materials and objects which were weakened by the last storm will be vulnerable over the next 24 hours.

"When you have a series of bad weather, a big tree may have been weakened but you wouldn't know that. There is the potential for hazards and the potential is there for today, tonight and tomorrow."

He added: "There is the potential for damage, flooding and storms can knock out power lines. There could be a dusting of snow and hail as well."

He added: "People need to use their common sense. Seas will be very high around the coast."

Strong southerly winds will veer across the country during the morning and they'll increase to a gale force, "with severe and damaging gusts", forecasters say.

The Irish Coast Guard has said conditions along coasts will be extremely dangerous, and people should steer clear of exposed like coasts, cliffs and piers.

Widespread rain will also cross the country early this morning, and throughout the day there will be frequent squally showers of rain or hail, but some wintry showers will fall later today - especially over high ground.


The Dr McKenna Cup final between Tyrone and Cavan was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch in Enniskillen.

The game has now been re-arranged for Wednesday February 12 with the venue to be confirmed.

And the Waterford Crystal Cup semi-final between Tipperary and UL scheduled for MacDonagh Park, Nenagh this afternoon has been postponed due to the pitch being unplayable.

No re-fixture has been made yet.

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