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A man battles against the elements

A man battles against the elements

Storm damage in Kilbeacanty, Co. Galway. Sent in by Miguel Castro

Storm damage in Kilbeacanty, Co. Galway. Sent in by Miguel Castro

Aftermath: Damage at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny after severe storm

Aftermath: Damage at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny after severe storm

A mother with three of her children and their grandmother had a miracle escape when this very large tree was blown on to the car

A mother with three of her children and their grandmother had a miracle escape when this very large tree was blown on to the car

ESB linemen relacing a broken electricity pole at Forges Hill, Cork following storms which knocked out power across the country.
Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

ESB linemen relacing a broken electricity pole at Forges Hill, Cork following storms which knocked out power across the country. Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Jack Smith from Galway Challenging the Weather at Black rock, Salthill.
Picture: Hany Marzouk

Jack Smith from Galway Challenging the Weather at Black rock, Salthill. Picture: Hany Marzouk

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A man battles against the elements

Up to 80,000 people will remain without power overnight following Thursday's freak weather conditions, the ESB has confirmed.

ESB staff have managed to restore power to 145,000 customers across the country since yesterday.

They have released a list of areas nationwide that will not have power tonight.

The service provider has apologised for outages.

Areas in Cork, Kerry, Tipperary, Limerick, Waterford, Wexford and Laois are worst affected by the power outages with many areas remaining in darkness for the night.

Up to 9,000 homes in Killarney, Co Kerry and 8,000 homes in Dunmanway, Co Cork will remain without power in tonight.

Areas that will not have power restored tonight include:

- Dunmanway

- Fermoy

- Killarney

- Waterford

- Kilkenny

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- Cork

- Clonmel

- Portlaoise

- Tralee

- Thurles

- Enniscorthy

- Limerick

For a full list of the townlands affected, see updatesfromesb.com.

Denis Cambridge, ESB Divisional Manager for the South, said “This is one of the biggest clean up operations I have ever experienced, and we have pulled resources from every part of the company and beyond to get the lights back on as quickly as we can. It is a mammoth task. In Cork and Kerry alone we have over 3,200 individual faults to get to, and we are working against the clock before the next of the bad weather sets in tomorrow.”

The transmission network has been restored, the full scale of the damage at medium and low voltage levels is becoming apparent. The number of individual faults identified on the system has risen to almost 8,000.

The ESB also said that in terms of materials, approximately 1,000 wooden poles are needed along with over 250km of conductors and 400 transformers. Nationally, there are approximately 2,000 locations where timber has to be cleared from lines.

After a brief respite today from the stormy conditions which have battered the country, communities around the country have been warned to batten down the hatches for a sustained attack tomorrow.

Met Eireann have already issued a Status Yellow warning for Munster and Leinster for tomorrow morning when gusts are expected to lash the country once more with beleagured coastal areas to bear the brunt of the weather.

Gusts of up to 100km/h are expected.

There is also a severe rainfall warning in effect for all 26 counties with up to 45mm of rain expected to fall in 24 hours.

This should place further pressure on flood defences around the country.

The northern half of the country has also been issued with a snow/ice warning. Up to 3cm of snow is expected to accumulate in Connacht counties as well as Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Kildare, Longford, Westmeath and Meath.

Temperatures are expected to rise slightly as the day goes on and the snow ans sleet should turn to rain which should melt any snow lying on ground.

The extremely blustery conditions are expected to last into Saturday but should finally begin to abate as the day goes on.

We should be over the worst by Saturday evening and by Sunday things should be about to return to normal with calm but cold days expected for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

Meanwhile, this evening Clare County Council  issued a flood and storm warning for the entire county in advance of severe weather conditions that are expected during the next 48 hours.

The local authority said that given the high tides, projected high rainfall and strong gale to storm force winds there is significant risk of river, coastal and tidal flooding.

The Council has also warned of potential travel disruption on the county’s roads as a result of trees falling that have already been already compromised by yesterday’s storm.

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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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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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