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Snow Joke: second Atlantic storm hits Ireland in 48 hours

Between forty and 50,000 homes will spend a third evening without power tonight.

ESB report every crew member available to be working on restoring power to homes across the country tonight.

The worst affected areas include Arklow, Enniscorthy, Killarney, Dunmanway, Bandon, Ennis, Tralee, Limerick, Roscrea, Newcastlewest and Tipperary.

Adverse weather conditions are hampering ESB's efforts to restore power, according to ESB's Divisional Manager for the South Denis Cambridge.

“Access is a big problem, with many faults located in isolated areas where ground conditions are treacherous and often very waterlogged," he said.

"It is difficult to get equipment to where it is needed most, and because many of the phone networks are down, we are finding it very difficult to communicate with crews in the field."

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File photo from February 2014: People make their way down Main Street Castlebar, Co. Mayo in heavy snow. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus.

File photo from February 2014: People make their way down Main Street Castlebar, Co. Mayo in heavy snow. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus.

Pedestrians in Dublin's city centre struggle with their umbrellas as storms sweep across the country.

Pedestrians in Dublin's city centre struggle with their umbrellas as storms sweep across the country.

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A woman in Dublin's city centre struggles with her umbrella

A woman in Dublin's city centre struggles with her umbrella

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Damage at Hainault Road, Foxrock, Dublin.
Collins Photo: Michael Donnelly.

Damage at Hainault Road, Foxrock, Dublin. Collins Photo: Michael Donnelly.

Damage at Hainault Road, Foxrock, Dublin.
Collins Photo: Michael Donnelly.

Damage at Hainault Road, Foxrock, Dublin. Collins Photo: Michael Donnelly.

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File photo from February 2014: People make their way down Main Street Castlebar, Co. Mayo in heavy snow. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus.

Crews have been drafted in from Northern Ireland to help ESB. Restoration efforts will continue at first light tomorrow morning.

ESB customers without power should check for updates on www.esb.ie or telephone 18501372999, with their MPRN to hand for information regarding their location.

Updates will also be communicated on local radio stations.

Today, snow hit the west and the north of the country as Ireland experienced its second storm in just 48 hours.

The bad weather hampered clean-up efforts natuonwide.

Tonight, however, the violent gusts will calm early with scattered showers and forecast and isolated thunderstorms. It is expected to become windy everywhere again later in the night.

Bad weather conditions are set to continue but not to the same scale as we've experienced in the last few days.

Met Eireann's Ger Fleming said: "We're still in a period of very unsettled weather. Obviously quite a bit of wind and rain today but nothing like the wind we had on Wednesday".

"The weather is to stay very unsettled. We'll have some respite tomorrow. We'll have more rain in the latter half of Sunday and beyond that into next week.

"It’s basically every second day we’ll have another weather system which is typical of what we’ve been experiencing for more than two months now.

“There’s no let up in the general character of unsettled windy. and sometimes wet weather. and of course that’s a particular concern with the river levels already high that more and more rainfall is going to add to that particular difficulty."

Met Eireann have a Status Orange Flood Alert in place in select towns across the country today.

Meanwhile, Cork City Council have issued a tidal flood warning in the city centre and have advised people to prepare their homes and businesses for what could be more flooding this evening.

There are reports of flooding in Dublin's Sutton and on the Burrow road. Although the areas is passable, Gardai are advising people to stay out of the area if possible.

In Kerry, motorists are being asked to avoid Conor Pass, due to very icy conditions.

ESB has released a statement saying claims on social media that they are releasing water from Inniscara Dam are not true.

"It has come to our attention that there are rumours on social media saying that ESB is releasing water from Inniscara Dam contributing to the flooding in Cork.

"We wish to confirm that as of 2pm on Friday February 14th, ESB does not anticipate any significant releases from Inniscarra dam over the following twenty four hour period," it read.

There is also a Status Orange Wind alert in place in Munster.

But the country will remain safe from the dreaded 'Red Alert'.

“We don’t see any more (red alerts) in the next three or four days but we’ll have to watch carefully the storms as they come across the Atlantic. Most of them look to be normal winter storms but all of the have potential to turn really unpleasant and nasty," Mr Fleming said.

75,000 homes remain without power today as ESB workers continue to try and restore electricity in homes across the country.

More gale force winds, heavy rain moving up through the country and tidal flooding today means there will be little relief for thousands of people already affected by the storm conditions.

However the treacherous conditions seen earlier this week and in early February are not likely to be repeated.

Sean Hogan, who heads up the emergency group, said the conditions today were hampering the clean-up operation as well as efforts to return electricity and water supplies to homes around the country.

He said the response to Wednesday's storm would continue to be managed by local coordination centres where local authorities, the HSE and the gardai are working together.

"On the water issue, power has been restored to the vast majority of treatment plants or pumping stations either through the work of ESB generators or by installing generators where is a long term issue, Mr Hogan said.

"In those areas which are still without water supply, the drinking water incident response plans have been activated to supply water...particularly to health care centres; " he said.

People are advised not to venture out unless absolutely necessary while those out working are advised to be careful. Neighbours are asked to check on elderly or in firm people living nearby.

Garda Siochana have warned motorists to drive carefully on the country's roads during the treacherous weather conditions.

“Road users please exercise caution, slow down and light up,” they wrote online.

The south and east of the country are to expect severe gusts this afternoon and this evening.

Temperatures will hit 8 degrees Celsius today.

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Part of a wall collapses on a parked car in Limerick. (Photo: Twitter/Cillian Flynn)

Part of a wall collapses on a parked car in Limerick. (Photo: Twitter/Cillian Flynn)

A woman in Dublin's city centre struggles with her umbrella

A woman in Dublin's city centre struggles with her umbrella

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Pedestrians in Dublin's city centre struggle with their umbrellas as storms sweep across the country.

Pedestrians in Dublin's city centre struggle with their umbrellas as storms sweep across the country.

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A large tree in blown down by the severe conditions in Wexford. Twitter credit: @DunbrodyHouse

A large tree in blown down by the severe conditions in Wexford. Twitter credit: @DunbrodyHouse

Strong storms have caused extensive damage such as this scene in Limerick City.  Picture: Alan Place

Strong storms have caused extensive damage such as this scene in Limerick City. Picture: Alan Place

Alan Place

A tree blocking a road in the west of the country

A tree blocking a road in the west of the country

Strong storms have caused extensive damage in Limerick City. 
Fire services and An Garda Siochana at the scene on Sarsfield Street, Limerick where high winds blew bricks away from the top of a building spreading debris out onto the road. Picture: Alan Place

Strong storms have caused extensive damage in Limerick City. Fire services and An Garda Siochana at the scene on Sarsfield Street, Limerick where high winds blew bricks away from the top of a building spreading debris out onto the road. Picture: Alan Place

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Falling trees brought down lines in the path of the Tornado in Athleague, Co Roscommon today. Photo: David Walsh

Falling trees brought down lines in the path of the Tornado in Athleague, Co Roscommon today. Photo: David Walsh

A tree landed on a car at Allen Square in Bandon, co Cork. Picture Denis Boyle

A tree landed on a car at Allen Square in Bandon, co Cork. Picture Denis Boyle

A van is crushed by a tree on the outskirts of Limerick city the Knocklisaheen Road on way to Meelick. Credit: Andrew Carey

A van is crushed by a tree on the outskirts of Limerick city the Knocklisaheen Road on way to Meelick. Credit: Andrew Carey

A building in Limerick suffers serious damage during the storm. Twitter credit: AlanEnglish9

A building in Limerick suffers serious damage during the storm. Twitter credit: AlanEnglish9

The roof is blown off the new dressing rooms at Cork Constitution Rugby Club. Twitter credit: @lensdan

The roof is blown off the new dressing rooms at Cork Constitution Rugby Club. Twitter credit: @lensdan

A tree is uprooted in Limerick (Photo: Helen Enright)

A tree is uprooted in Limerick (Photo: Helen Enright)

Truck blown over in Kerry. (Photo via Twitter/ Deric Hartigan)

Truck blown over in Kerry. (Photo via Twitter/ Deric Hartigan)

Tree blocks road on Carey's Road in Limerick City.  (Photo: Paul Mullins)

Tree blocks road on Carey's Road in Limerick City. (Photo: Paul Mullins)

Bracker O'Regan Road in Tralee. Photo: Twitter/@radiokerry

Bracker O'Regan Road in Tralee. Photo: Twitter/@radiokerry

A woman shelters from the snow near Mount Street in Dublin. Picture: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

A woman shelters from the snow near Mount Street in Dublin. Picture: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

A lone walker battles against the elements in Lavey, Co. Cavan on Tuesday afternoon.  Photo: Lorraine Teevan

A lone walker battles against the elements in Lavey, Co. Cavan on Tuesday afternoon. Photo: Lorraine Teevan

A mother and  child crossing the Square in Tuam after the town was hit by heavy snowfall. Photo: Andy Newman

A mother and child crossing the Square in Tuam after the town was hit by heavy snowfall. Photo: Andy Newman

Photo Andy Newman

The latest rainfall chart from Met Eireann

The latest rainfall chart from Met Eireann

The Kenmare/Castletown Berehaven Road. Photo: Twitter/ @DavidMorrissey5

The Kenmare/Castletown Berehaven Road. Photo: Twitter/ @DavidMorrissey5

Articulated lorry overturned in storm force gales gusting at 160km/hr outside Camp on the main Tralee to Dingle road

Articulated lorry overturned in storm force gales gusting at 160km/hr outside Camp on the main Tralee to Dingle road

City Council Depot in Moyross,Limerick wall crashes in storm.  (Teresa Blake via Councillor Maurice Quinlivan on Twitter)

City Council Depot in Moyross,Limerick wall crashes in storm. (Teresa Blake via Councillor Maurice Quinlivan on Twitter)

Trees fall over as storm lashes Limerick City.  (Photo: Paul Mullins)

Trees fall over as storm lashes Limerick City. (Photo: Paul Mullins)

An Aer Lingus Regional commuter plane rests on it's left wingtip after being lifted off the ground in 150kmh winds at Shannon Airport.
Pic: Press 22

An Aer Lingus Regional commuter plane rests on it's left wingtip after being lifted off the ground in 150kmh winds at Shannon Airport. Pic: Press 22

Damage at Hainault Road, Foxrock, Dublin.
Collins Photo: Michael Donnelly.

Damage at Hainault Road, Foxrock, Dublin. Collins Photo: Michael Donnelly.

Damage at Hainault Road, Foxrock, Dublin.
Collins Photo: Michael Donnelly.

Damage at Hainault Road, Foxrock, Dublin. Collins Photo: Michael Donnelly.

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Part of a wall collapses on a parked car in Limerick. (Photo: Twitter/Cillian Flynn)

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The Empire State Building and the skyline is seen from a path of snow in the Queens borough of New York

The Empire State Building and the skyline is seen from a path of snow in the Queens borough of New York

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A snowman stands in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington

A snowman stands in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington

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An electronic traffic warning sign is seen along the Long Island Expressway in the Queens borough of New York

An electronic traffic warning sign is seen along the Long Island Expressway in the Queens borough of New York

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Adrienne Sipe (L) and Brooke Gilliam of Washington D.C. leap off a snow podium they made near the U.S. Capitol in Washington

Adrienne Sipe (L) and Brooke Gilliam of Washington D.C. leap off a snow podium they made near the U.S. Capitol in Washington

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A man shovels snow in the Queens borough of New York

A man shovels snow in the Queens borough of New York

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Adrienne Sipe (L) and Brooke Gilliam of Washington D.C. leap off a snow podium they made near the U.S. Capitol in Washington

Adrienne Sipe (L) and Brooke Gilliam of Washington D.C. leap off a snow podium they made near the U.S. Capitol in Washington

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Wolfie, a husky, is walked through the snow near the U.S. Capitol in Washington

Wolfie, a husky, is walked through the snow near the U.S. Capitol in Washington

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A worker uses a snow blower to clear snow off the steps at Lincoln Center the site of New York Fashion Week in the Manhattan borough of New York

A worker uses a snow blower to clear snow off the steps at Lincoln Center the site of New York Fashion Week in the Manhattan borough of New York

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Clouds cover the U.S. Northeast in this infrared National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Geostationary Satellite Server (GOES) East satellite image

Clouds cover the U.S. Northeast in this infrared National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Geostationary Satellite Server (GOES) East satellite image

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Snow removal equipment (R) is stopped during the clearing of the runways while a small jet readies for take-off at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport outside Baltimore, Maryland

Snow removal equipment (R) is stopped during the clearing of the runways while a small jet readies for take-off at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport outside Baltimore, Maryland

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Snow removal equipment is used near the departure and arrival gates at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport outside Baltimore, Maryland

Snow removal equipment is used near the departure and arrival gates at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport outside Baltimore, Maryland

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Snow removal equipment is used to clear the runways at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport outside Baltimore, Maryland

Snow removal equipment is used to clear the runways at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport outside Baltimore, Maryland

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Clouds cover the U.S. Northeast in this water vapour view from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Geostationary Satellite Server (GOES) East satellite

Clouds cover the U.S. Northeast in this water vapour view from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Geostationary Satellite Server (GOES) East satellite

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Citibikes are parked in a base station during a morning snow storm in New York's financial district

Citibikes are parked in a base station during a morning snow storm in New York's financial district

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A woman walks through snow during the morning commute in New York's financial district near Wall St. February 13, 2014.  A deadly winter storm moved north along theEast Coast of the United States on Thursday, bringing heavy snow, sleet and rain across the Washington, D.C., and New York areas, grounding flights and shutting government offices. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT)

A woman walks through snow during the morning commute in New York's financial district near Wall St. February 13, 2014. A deadly winter storm moved north along theEast Coast of the United States on Thursday, bringing heavy snow, sleet and rain across the Washington, D.C., and New York areas, grounding flights and shutting government offices. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT)

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Tourists pose for a photo with the Charging Bull during a morning snow in New York's financial district near Wall Street

Tourists pose for a photo with the Charging Bull during a morning snow in New York's financial district near Wall Street

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A woman pulls her child in a sled through the snow during the morning commute in the Park Slope area of the Brooklyn borough of New York

A woman pulls her child in a sled through the snow during the morning commute in the Park Slope area of the Brooklyn borough of New York

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A man clears snow from a sidewalk during the morning commute in New York's financial district near Wall Street

A man clears snow from a sidewalk during the morning commute in New York's financial district near Wall Street

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People walk through the snow during the morning commute in New York's financial district near Wall Street

People walk through the snow during the morning commute in New York's financial district near Wall Street

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Peace activist Barry Knight clears snow at a peace vigil tent along Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House after the region was pounded with snow overnight around Washington

Peace activist Barry Knight clears snow at a peace vigil tent along Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House after the region was pounded with snow overnight around Washington

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A commuter emerges from the Metro subway system after overnight and early morning snowfall in Washington

A commuter emerges from the Metro subway system after overnight and early morning snowfall in Washington

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A woman skis past the World War II Memorial in Washington

A woman skis past the World War II Memorial in Washington

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A woman skis along the National Mall towards the Washington Monument in Washington

A woman skis along the National Mall towards the Washington Monument in Washington

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A man skis along the National Mall towards the Capitol in Washington

A man skis along the National Mall towards the Capitol in Washington

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Traffic crosses the Williamsburg Bridge following heavy snowfall in Manhattan, New York

Traffic crosses the Williamsburg Bridge following heavy snowfall in Manhattan, New York

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File Pic: A bulldozer clears the airplane gate areas of snow at LaGuardia Airport in New York last winter. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton.

File Pic: A bulldozer clears the airplane gate areas of snow at LaGuardia Airport in New York last winter. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton.

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A New York City Police car drives down Broadway in New York's financial district near Wall Street during a snow storm

A New York City Police car drives down Broadway in New York's financial district near Wall Street during a snow storm

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Morning commuters cross Broadway in New York's financial district near Wall St. during a snow storm February 13, 2014. A deadly winter storm moved north along the East Coast of the United States on Thursday, bringing heavy snow, sleet and rain across the Washington, D.C., and New York areas, grounding flights and shutting government offices.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT)

Morning commuters cross Broadway in New York's financial district near Wall St. during a snow storm February 13, 2014. A deadly winter storm moved north along the East Coast of the United States on Thursday, bringing heavy snow, sleet and rain across the Washington, D.C., and New York areas, grounding flights and shutting government offices. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT)

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People walk along 5th Avenue at Central Park as it snows in New York February 13, 2014. A deadly winter storm moved north along the East Coast of the United States on Thursday, bringing heavy snow, sleet and rain across the Washington, D.C., and New York areas, grounding flights and shutting government offices. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

People walk along 5th Avenue at Central Park as it snows in New York February 13, 2014. A deadly winter storm moved north along the East Coast of the United States on Thursday, bringing heavy snow, sleet and rain across the Washington, D.C., and New York areas, grounding flights and shutting government offices. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

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Snow is cleared from a walkway to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington February 13, 2014. A deadly and intensifying winter storm packing heavy snow, sleet and rain pelted a huge swath of the U.S. East Coast on Thursday, grounding flights and shuttering schools and government offices.

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT)

Snow is cleared from a walkway to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington February 13, 2014. A deadly and intensifying winter storm packing heavy snow, sleet and rain pelted a huge swath of the U.S. East Coast on Thursday, grounding flights and shuttering schools and government offices. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT)

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Flight cancellations are seen on an electronic flight board at LaGuardia Airport in New York, February 13, 2014. A deadly winter storm moved north along the East Coast of the United States on Thursday, bringing heavy snow, sleet and rain across the Washington, D.C., and New York areas, grounding flights and shutting government offices. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton    (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

Flight cancellations are seen on an electronic flight board at LaGuardia Airport in New York, February 13, 2014. A deadly winter storm moved north along the East Coast of the United States on Thursday, bringing heavy snow, sleet and rain across the Washington, D.C., and New York areas, grounding flights and shutting government offices. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

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A police car sits at the entrance to a parking lot in the snow at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, February 13, 2014.   REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ENVIRONMENT)

A police car sits at the entrance to a parking lot in the snow at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, February 13, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ENVIRONMENT)

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Dog and people tracks mark the snow in Washington

Dog and people tracks mark the snow in Washington

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The Empire State Building and the skyline is seen from a path of snow in the Queens borough of New York

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