Sunday 25 March 2018

Storm Eva: Over 6,000 homes left without power as high winds peak this evening

800-mile wide Storm Eva, shown on this new NASA Modis satellite image
800-mile wide Storm Eva, shown on this new NASA Modis satellite image

John Brennan & Newsdesk

Around 6,000 customers are without power this evening as Storm Eva picks up speed this evening.

ESB Networks has said that the worst affected areas are in Co Cork - across Fermoy and Cobh - and in Co Kildare - at Johnstown, near Naas.

Met Eireann issued fresh weather warnings earlier today, forecasting wind speeds up to 65 km/h could be expected over much of the west coast, with gusts reaching speeds upwards of 120 km/h.

An orange alert is in place for Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork and Kerry, where gusts of up to 120 kilometres per hour are likely between 4 pm and 10 pm tonight.  

A yellow weather warning has been issued for Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Leitrim, Roscommon, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford, where gusts are expected to reach up to 110 km/h as the evening develops.

The two weather warnings will remain in place until the early hours of Thursday morning, Met Eireann said.

The forecaster warned that: “[the winds] will be at their worst at about five or six this evening until about nine.”

Yesterday Met Eireann issued a ‘Status Orange’ weather warning for much of the west coast which came into effect after midday today.

“Storm Eva is hitting us hard but it’s not going to give us its worst,” the Met continued.

Urging caution, the forecaster likened the storm to Abigail, Clodagh or Barney rather than Desmond, which caused widespread flooding earlier in the month.Eva is expected to batter the west coast with brutal gales of up to 120km/h.

Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Donegal and Clare are all due to be hit with the storm force gales.

The RSA is asking road users to be mindful of the forecasts and to take extra care.

When the storm clears later tonight temperatures will plunge to between two and four degrees, and “it will be a fairly wet night.”

Temperatures will remain low tomorrow with a clear and cold day clearing the way for Santa to arrive in Ireland tomorrow evening.

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