Jack Quann
Jack Quann

12.25 13 Jan 2020


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The worst of Storm Brendan has passed over most of the country, Met Éireann has said.

However, 9,000 homes and businesses remain without power tonight.

The ESB said that it was continuing to work to restore electricity supplies with Enniscorthy, Arklow, Clonmel, South Kerry and the Sligo/Leitrim now the worst impacted areas.

100,000 homes, farms and businesses have had power restored throughout the day, with 50,000 customers without supply earlier this afternoon at the peak of Storm Brendan.

The ESB said that outages had mainly been caused by fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds.

More information can be found on the ESB Powercheck website.

An updated Status Orange wind warning has been issued for counties Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal until midnight.

Southwesterly winds will continue to reach average speeds of 65 to 80 km/h with gusts of 100 to 130 km/h in those areas.

There is also a significant risk of coastal flooding due to the combination of high spring tides and storm surge.

Additionally, a Status Yellow wind warning was issued for Wexford, Cavan, Monaghan, Roscommon, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Waterford which ended at 8pm.

Met Éireann initially issued a Status Orange wind warning nationwide, but this has been amended as the storm tracks away from Ireland.

The strongest gust measured during the storm was 135 km/h at Roches Point weather station on the south coast.

Head of Forecasting Evelyn Cusack said that for most of the country, winds have dipped back into "yellow or even slightly below".

However, she said that areas in the north west may experience some red level winds this evening between 4pm and 7pm.

A Status Orange gale warning is in place for the rest of today on all Irish coastal waters and on the Irish Sea.

In Galway, homes and businesses are bracing for high tide this evening just after 7pm.

Flood defences remain in place, with sandbags being provided by Galway City Council over fears the tail end of Storm Brendan could bring flooding to the city.

In Dublin, flood defences will also be in in place until Wednesday, with Clontarf and Sandymount among the areas most at risk.

Dublin City Council says it will continue to monitor conditions, as a very high tide is expected tomorrow afternoon.

Transport

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is asking road users to exercise caution while using the roads.

There is a significant risk of coastal flooding due to the combination of high spring tides and storm surge.

The following advice is being given to motorists:

  • Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds
  • Beware of objects being blown onto the road
  • Watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road
  • Drivers should allow extra space allow between themselves and vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and motorcyclists
  • Motorists should also be aware that cyclists may need more road space than normal due to flooding, fallen debris and wind gusts
  • Drive with dipped headlights at all times
  • If the road ahead is flooded choose another route, do not attempt to drive through it
  • Road users should always follow recommended routes and obey signs closing roads to traffic
  • After going through water, drive slowly with your foot on the brake pedal for a short distance - this helps to dry the brakes

Advice to pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists:

  • In orange weather warning areas pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists should consider delaying or cancelling any planned trip
  • In other areas they should keep safe by making sure you can be seen. Wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt
  • Take extra care when crossing the road or cycling in extremely windy conditions as a sudden gust of wind could blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle
  • Walk on a footpath, where possible, and not in the street
  • Walk on the right-hand side of the road, facing traffic if there are no footpaths
  • Cyclists should ensure that they and their bike are visible to other road users by investing in a good set of front and rear lights

Three Aer Lingus flights due to leave Shannon Airport - to Birmingham, Edinburgh and London Heathrow in the UK - have been cancelled.

Some flights have also been cancelled at Kerry Airport.

While a number of flights arriving into Dublin Airport have been delayed.

Passengers are being advised to contact their airline.

Meanwhile sailings between Rosslare and Pembroke have been cancelled.

And some Bus Éireann routes have been diverted due to flooding and fallen trees.

 

The National Directorate for Fire & Emergency Management (NDFEM) says there is "a significant risk" of coastal flooding due to the combination of high spring tides and storm surge.

This is a high energy storm system, that will give rise to very stormy conditions from early Monday morning in all coastal areas.

There is also a significant risk to the northwest, west and south coasts with a moderate risk for all eastern coastal areas due to the high tides and the projected storm surge forecast.

The OPW have issued a high tide advisory.

Local authorities have activated their Local Co-ordination and Crisis Management arrangements.

They are advising coastal communities that there is a significant risk of coastal flooding from early morning Monday.

The Irish Coast Guard and An Garda Síochána are communicating public safety advice based on the warnings issued by Met Éireann.

People are advised to stay away from exposed coastal areas for the duration of Storm Brendan.

Main image: Council workers try to move a fallen tree on the Kilcullen to Nass road in Kildare as Storm Brendan hits the country. Photo: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

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