Wednesday 16 January 2019

Storm Deirdre: Girl (9) rushed to hospital after she is struck by 'falling tree'

  • Child was cycling in Blackrock area of Cork when the incident happened
  • Gusts of up to 120km/h batter parts of the country during the storm
Waves crash against the waters edge during Storm Deirdre. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Waves crash against the waters edge during Storm Deirdre. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ralph Riegel

A CHILD has been rushed to hospital in Cork after being injured by a falling tree at the height of Storm Deirdre.

The youngster, understood to be nine years old, was injured when she was apparently struck by the detached limb of a tree in the Cork harbour area around 5pm on Saturday.

Paramedics attended the scene, not far from the Marina in the Blackrock area of Cork, and rushed the little girl to Cork University Hospital (CUH).

The child was cycling when she was apparently struck by the falling tree limb.

People braving the weather as Storm Deirdre hits the country. Picture by Fergal Phillips.
People braving the weather as Storm Deirdre hits the country. Picture by Fergal Phillips.
People braving the weather as Storm Deirdre hits the country. Picture by Fergal Phillips.
People braving the weather as Storm Deirdre hits the country. Picture by Fergal Phillips.

The condition of the child is not known but the injuries involved are not understood to be life threatening.

Cork has been battered by Storm Deirdre throughout the day where winds were expected to gust close to 120km/h.

A nationwide Status Orange weather warning was in place yesterday - but it was no longer valid as of 10pm on Saturday night.

AA Roadwatch warned motorists of spot flooding on many Irish roads following the heavy rainfall.

In Wexford, the promenade in Enniscorthy is closed due to flooding, as is the Edermine Bridge outside Enniscorthy.

The Carrigrohane/Nad road (R579) in Cork also remains closed between Healy's Bridge and Cloghroe.

People braving the weather as Storm Deirdre hits the country.
Picture by Fergal Phillips.
People braving the weather as Storm Deirdre hits the country. Picture by Fergal Phillips.
People braving the weather as Storm Deirdre hits the country. Picture by Fergal Phillips.
People braving the weather as Storm Deirdre hits the country. Picture by Fergal Phillips.

Wind gusts forced the cancellation of the scheduled Aer Lingus service to Manchester from Cork.

Irish Water Safety have urged people to avoid exposed coastal areas and to exercise extreme caution when near streams, rivers and lakes given the likelihood of flooding.

More than 4,000 homes and businesses were left without power on Saturday morning in the Glengariff area of Cork but ESB technicians have fixed that fault.

Hundreds of acres of farmland remained under flood waters across Munster on Saturday evening given the level of rainfall over the past 48 hours.

Severe winds abated overnight as the country experienced scattered showers and low temperatures until early morning.

While heavy showers will continue in parts of Munster and south Leinster on Sunday, the rain will move to more coastal counties as the day progresses. 

Met Eireann said that the unsettled weather will continue for most of the coming week, with another wet and windy spell expected Monday night into Tuesday morning.

Surface flooding from heavy rain will be expected over the next few days and fresh to strong gusts are forecast right through the week.

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