Friday 15 December 2017

Superstorm leaves trail of destruction

Malachy Duggan and his daughter Easkey (2) woke to find a giant trampoline had been blown into their back garden by high winds in Knocknacarra, Galway.
Malachy Duggan and his daughter Easkey (2) woke to find a giant trampoline had been blown into their back garden by high winds in Knocknacarra, Galway.

Almost 5,000 homes were still without power last night after the worst winter storm for 15 years.

ESB emergency repair crews said they had restored power to about 65,000 of the 70,000 customers who were cut off after winds of up to 150kph and heavy rain lashed the country. Some damage required more extensive repairs and 4,900 households remained without supply.

Counties Kerry, Cork and Clare bore the brunt of the storm, which blew down trees, power lines and telecom networks.

The high winds also ripped the roofs off buildings, disrupted road, sea and air travel, and blew trampolines out of gardens.

Iarnrod Eireann reported an incident where a children's trampoline that had been caught by the wind caused damage to overhead lines at Blackrock in south Dublin. Another was hit by the 7.10am train from Waterford to Dublin.

AA Roadwatch reported a loose trampoline on the Airport Road in Waterford.

Irish Independent

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