Sunday 21 October 2018

Pictured: Locals wake up to mudslide after Storm Callum hits overnight

Minor mudslide pictured at Carrigaloe at bottom of Donegal Hill, Cork (Photo: Ken Curtin)
Minor mudslide pictured at Carrigaloe at bottom of Donegal Hill, Cork (Photo: Ken Curtin)
Minor mudslide pictured at Carrigaloe at bottom of Donegal Hill, Cork (Photo: Ken Curtin)
Minor mudslide pictured at Carrigaloe at bottom of Donegal Hill, Cork (Photo: Ken Curtin)
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

The south and west of the country were worst hit by Storm Callum as it swept over the country last night.

In Cork, locals in Carrigaloe on the Cobh to Fota road woke up to a minor mudslide at the bottom of Donegal Hill.

Sharing the photos with Independent.ie, local Ken Curtin said one of the lanes is currently blocked, causing delays in the area.

Cork County Council are attending the scene to clear the area.

They expect the road to be fully re-opened mid-morning.

Elsewhere in the country, motorists are being warned to take care on roads as there have been numerous reports of debris and fallen trees.

Minor mudslide pictured at Carrigaloe at bottom of Donegal Hill, Cork (Photo: Ken Curtin)
Minor mudslide pictured at Carrigaloe at bottom of Donegal Hill, Cork (Photo: Ken Curtin)

Speaking this morning, Met Éireann forecaster Joanna Donnelly said the west of the country "is still not out of the woods".

Meanwhile, over 30,000 homes and businesses were without power this morning - and some may take hours to be restored due to continuing stormy conditions.

Minor mudslide pictured at Carrigaloe at bottom of Donegal Hill, Cork (Photo: Ken Curtin)
Minor mudslide pictured at Carrigaloe at bottom of Donegal Hill, Cork (Photo: Ken Curtin)

Storm Callum swept across the country overnight, with western counties experiencing gusts of up to 130lm/h.

ESB's Senior Press Officer Paul Hand said thousands of homes and businesses are without power due to damage to power lines.

Speaking to RTE Radio One's Morning Ireland, he said they do anticipate the number of power outages to increase as the storm moves northwards.

"The outages are mainly in the south and west, west Cork, north Cork and Kerry," he said.

"There are also localised pockets across the country too, we do anticipate that to increase.

"Crews are standing ready in all areas of the country.

"Crews will begin deploying shortly in areas where the storm is beginning to abate," he continued. 

"It is still bad on the west coast, it may be well into the mid-morning period before crews can be deployed in the west and northwest."

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