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Tuesday 24 September 2019

Emergency services rush to the scene after car collides with fallen tree

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16/10/2017 Ophelia arriving in Galway. Quick walk on the prom ahead of the Hurricane . Photo:Andrew Downes
16-10-17 Storm scenes at Tramore Co. Waterford. Picture Dylan Vaughan
Provision 161017 Hurricane 'Ophelia'.... fallen tree Knocknaheeny, Cork City Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision
Ophelia Storm strikes in Baltimore, West Cork. Photo. Emma Jervis Photography
Hurricane 'Ophelia'.... fallen trees, N25 Cork City Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision
Walkers in Clontarf pictured this afternoon as Hurricane Ophelia hits the country..Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
A tree blocks the road at Killbritain Co Cork. Picture Denis Boyle
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A surfer is seen on rough water in the Atlantic in an area where the tide should be out in the County Clare town of Lahinch, Ireland October 15, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Emergency services were called to the scene after a car collided with a tree in Co Cork this morning.

Gardaí attended a road traffic collision which occurred on the L3627, ‘Two mile Inn’ road at approximately 7.15am.

No injuries were reported.

Gardai said there is a stop go system in place at the moment.

Three people lost their lives in Storm Ophelia, which left a trail of destruction in its path across the country.

ESB Networks crews are working around the country to restore power to 245,000 customers, but warned that it could take up to 10 days before power is restored to all homes.

Crews are expecting assistance to be flown in from England and Scotland on Wednesday to help with the massive power outages.

Conor Faughnan, AA director of consumer affairs, urged motorists to take care on the roads.

"While the storm may have passed over us much of the damage it caused will still be visible for the next 24-48 hours so it's important that motorists check for updates on their routes before they depart, allow extra travel time and exercise additional caution."

The association also advised motorists that insurance policies are valid for storm damage.

Mr Faughnan urged drivers to take extra precautions for pedestrians and cyclists as the clean-up continues.

He said: "Debris and fallen trees will make the roads more dangerous for everyone in the coming days so it's important that we all exercise additional caution to help minimise any further damage that Ophelia could cause."

The Road Safety Authority also called for vigilance.

"When Storm Ophelia has passed the danger to road users will still be present," spokesman Brian Farrell said.

"Many roads around the country will be blocked and treacherous with downed trees, branches and pylons.

"Council workers and emergency services will be out clearing these routes and people need to anticipate encountering these scenarios when using the roads."

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