Sunday 19 November 2017

Lights back on in 10,000 homes after storms

Barry Duggan and Eimear Ni Bhraonain

ESB engineers worked to bring power back to thousands of homes following extreme storms around the country.

Strong windy conditions brought major disruptions with many households left without electricity for long periods of time.

The situation calmed down later yesterday and it is expected that glimpses of sunshine will be seen over the weekend.

A severe weather alert was issued on Thursday as a result of the conditions, which mostly affected the west of the country.

Last night, the ESB said some 10,000 homes were left without power at the worst time. This was mostly due to falling timber disrupting power supplies.

ESB crews worked tirelessly yesterday to bring back power, with the vast majority restored by mid-afternoon.

A spokesman said 1,500 people were left without power on Thursday night and early yesterday morning.

The worst affected areas were west Galway, Donegal, Ennis and parts of north Dublin.

Gusts of up to 80mph caused damage to the overhead lines, said the spokesman.

High water levels on the River Shannon in Co Offaly brought flooding to the fields around Shannon harbour.

Met Eireann said there would continue to be showers throughout the weekend but they would not be as bad.

"The showers will be randomly distributed. There will probably not be too many of them inland but they will be fairly frequent around Atlantic coasts," forecaster David Rogers said.

However, Michael Silke of the Irish Farmers Association said he remained concerned about water levels on the Shannon.

"If we get two more days' rain, we are going to have a serious, serious flood on a par with last year," he said.

Irish Independent

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