Sunday 19 August 2018

From tonnes of snow to power blackouts - here's Storm Emma in numbers

A JCB clears the snow in Rathcoole, Co. Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 2/3/2018
A JCB clears the snow in Rathcoole, Co. Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 2/3/2018

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Storm Emma visited heavy snow fall and strong winds across the country - and it's not over yet - here is how we fared in numbers.

Just how much snow fell?

It is estimated that up to 40cms of snow fell in places around the country overnight on Thursday and it is still coming down heavily in many places.

And how cold did it get?

Met Éireann recorded lows of -5C in places on Thursday but due to the wind-chill effect it felt much colder in many places. However, temperatures rose above zero (just about) on Friday.

Blackout: Thousands left without power

Up to 117,000 customers were without power at the height of the extreme weather.

The latest update estimates the number of customers without power at 26,000.

ESB crews are working to restore power as soon as possible and it is hoped that all power will be restored by Sunday but crews are battling tough conditions in places.

Broadband disruption: 10,000 without Eir

Eir confirmed that at least 10,000 customers are experiencing disruption to services. The majority to those effected are in Limerick - with 7,000 customers without broadband, TV and phone access.

Army response: 

Over the 48 hours to Friday afternoon 290 army personnel and 117 vehicles were deployed, responding to 81 separate incidents and providing assistance to local services.

Cost to the economy:

The meeting of Storm Emma and The Beast from the East is set to cost the economy around €116m once the loss to businesses and public transport is accounted for.

Homeless response:

Around 145 people were accommodated in emergency beds on Thursday night but around 15 people slept rough on the streets overnight, despite efforts by charities and Government workers to engage them with services and allocate an emergency bed.

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