Saturday 18 November 2017

Across the country: Trees uprooted, roads flooded and cars abandoned

As the violent storm left its trail of destruction, no part of the country escaped being hit.


The worst of the storm hit Donegal shortly after 8pm. Holiday mobile homes in the seaside villages of Rossnowlagh and Downings were damaged and more than a 1,000 homes in Ballybofey and Buncrana lost power.

Heavy rain made several roads in the Milford and Ramelton areas impassable, while homes in Letterkenny were flooded.

An 80kmh speed limit was imposed on rail lines in the west and north-west.


Commuters in Galway and Mayo faced massive delays as the weather played havoc with driving conditions.

As Met Eireann issued a Red Alert for the area, people were warned to stay away from open water and coastal areas across the region.

Driving conditions were treacherous across the West with a number of roads flooded as a result of the steady downpours.

Owners of small vessels and boats in coastal waters were urged to seek shelter and secure the vessels properly with moorings.


Trees were uprooted, roads were flooded and telephone cables knocked as winds of up to 100kmh battered Co Clare.

Flooding was reported on many roads across Limerick city and county, including Athlunkard Bridge on the Limerick-Clare border. A number of trees also fell on power lines in Effin and Knocklong affecting hundreds of households in South East Limerick.

The conditions caused the closure of one of the country's top tourist attractions, the Cliffs of Moher visitor centre in Co Clare.


Gusts of up to hurricane force 12 were recorded off the coast of Valentia Island in Co Kerry.

North and west Kerry were the parts worst affected with strong winds, hail showers and even some flooding.

In Cork city, the Lower Glanmire Road was expected to remain closed until late this morning or afternoon from Summerhill North due to damage to buildings in the area including Kent Station.

Several felled trees and flooding caused chaos for motorists including on the N8 Tivoli dual carriageway outbound at Lotamore Lodge, leaving the left lane blocked.


The emergency services handled dozens of incidents across Leinster, mainly relating to fallen trees and flooding.

Flooding in Dublin was mostly around the N11, while there were also patches on Patrick Street and Clanbrassil Street in the city centre.

With the traffic lights at the junction of the N11 and Wyattville Road out of action and a car accident in Loughlinstown, commuters experienced delays of several hours.

The situation on the road to Delgany, Co Wicklow, was so bad that some motorists abandoned their vehicles.

Irish Independent

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