Marita Moloney
Marita Moloney

11.01 31 Oct 2020


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Thousands of homes and businesses around the country are currently without power due to Storm Aiden.

Around 4,600 premises are without electricity this morning after extremely windy conditions overnight.

The worst affected areas are Manorhamilton in Co Leitrim where 1,330 customers are affected, 'Little Bray' in Co Wicklow with 990 without power, and Tramore in Co Waterford with 700 people impacted.

A Status Orange wind warning is in place for Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Clare until 4pm, with severe and damaging gusts of up to 130km per hour expected.

A Status Yellow wind alert is also in effect for the rest of the country until 4pm.

The ESB said they are working as quickly as possible to get power restored.

People can check for outages on the ESB Power Check site.

Alan O'Reilly from Carlow Weather has been examining what is behind the current conditions and he says there is more to come.

Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast with Susan Keogh he said: "A depression to the south-west of Ireland has got caught by the jetstream and it developed very quickly and moved across Ireland.

"We are unfortunately in a cycle at the moment with a very active Atlantic and we have more low systems coming over the weekend.

"So once Storm Aiden passes today, unfortunately, we're not in the clear yet with more unsettled weather coming behind."

Main image: File photo of workers repairing power lines. Credit: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

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