Tuesday 23 January 2018

Thousands of homes left without power as gusts of over 100km/h lash the country

ALMOST 3000 homes and businesses are without power after high winds brought down power lines.

ESB network crews are working to restore power this afternoon.

The crews are trying to restore power to homes and business in Meath, Westmeath, Dublin and the northwest.

ESB said that they hoped to have the power restored “in a few hours".

Strong winds and bad weather have resulted in the cancellation in a number of ferry services.

Britain has been hit with the worst of the storm so far. A lorry driver died in Scotland after his vehicle overturned on top of two cars in West Lothian leaving four other people injured.

Gusts of over 100km/h have been predicted
Gusts of over 100km/h have been predicted

A woman was taken to hospital after a tree hit on a taxi in South Lanarkshire while a 61-year-old man was treated by medics after being hit by a falling tree.

Commuters have been warned to expect traffic delays and be aware of fallen debris on roads.

Met Eireann this morning issued an 'Orange Alert' due to the extreme winds.

Winds will reach storm force in the Northern Irish sea while gusts will reach up to 120km/h on land.

Gardai last night warned drivers be take extra care due to the poor weather.

Met Eireann expects the winds to ease during the afternoon however has warned frost should be expected in many parts of the country tonight.

The Road Safety Authority has advised motorists to be particularly conscious of objects blown across their pathway and should watch out for fallen debris.

Control of a vehicle may also be affected by strong cross winds, it said.

Extra space should be allowed for cyclists and motorcyclist and drivers should operate with dipped headlights at all times.

Pedestrians and cyclists should wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt, and special care should be taken when crossing the road in extremely windy conditions.

Gale-force winds threaten to whip up the most serious tidal surge for 30 years in Britain

In some places, sea levels could be as high as those during the the devastating floods of 1953, the EA said, although flood defences since then, including the Thames, Deptford and Hull barriers, should provide better protection than 60 years ago.

Areas most at risk of flooding include the North Sea coast from Northumberland down to the Thames Estuary and Kent.

The EA has issued a severe flood warning - the highest category, warning of danger to life - to homes and businesses near The Quay in Sandwich, Kent, for high tides between 12.45am and 1pm tomorrow.


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