Friday 23 August 2019

Storm Barney blows through and leaves commuter chaos in its wake

Jane O'Faherty

Storm Barney finally departed Irish shores - but not before it caused havoc for commuters.

The tail-end of the storm brought traffic to a standstill yesterday morning with high winds downing trees and torrential rain leading to flooding.

At the height of the storm on Tuesday, 45,000 homes were left without power. Crews from ESB Networks were out throughout yesterday restoring supplies and by last night fewer than 5,000 were without power. Most were expected to be reconnected overnight.

Barney caused widespread disruption to transport services.

Trains between Heuston and Galway were delayed by at least 30 minutes after a lightning storm caused a signal fault.

Services to and from Galway were also affected by fallen branches on the line earlier in the day.

A Dublin City Council worker relieves flood waters on the North Circular Road in the capital
A Dublin City Council worker relieves flood waters on the North Circular Road in the capital

Meanwhile, the midday train from Heuston to Cork was delayed due to a mechanical fault.

DART services were also running five to 10 minutes late for a time due to adverse weather conditions.

However, there was good news for passengers in Dublin Airport as delays were reduced and flight times returned to normal.

Gale-force winds battered coastal communities throughout Tuesday night and into yesterday morning, with Leinster and Munster the worst affected.

High winds lashed the east coast, tearing a roof off a leisure centre and felling trees.

Two sports centres in Wicklow were closed until further notice after their roofs were damaged.

Rathnew GAA Club and Coral Leisure Centre in Wicklow town both sustained damage to their roofs.

Staff at the Coral Leisure Centre evacuated the building after they became concerned about a whistling noise. Two hours later a section of the roof peeled off.

Meanwhile, the high winds caused problems for Dublin Fire Brigade as it aggravated a house fire on Fitzgibbon Lane on the city's northside. The blaze was later brought under control.

Irish Independent

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