6,500 properties without power after Storm Clodagh hits
Thousands of properties have been left without electricity after Storm Clodagh battered parts of Ireland.
Some 6,500 properties were without power this morning with Cork, Meath and the midland areas among the worst affected.
At its peak, heavy rain and gusts of up to 80 kilometres an hour were recorded.
A spokeswoman for the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) said crews had been working from early morning with most homes and businesses expected to be reconnected later today.
She said: "As of about 11.30am there were 6,500 reports of outages but that has decreased to about 5,000.
"Our crews will be working throughout the day to restore power and with the winds easing we expect everybody back on by this evening."
Although there were some reports of fallen trees, widespread damage to power lines has not been an issue, ESB said.
Met Eireann has issued an Orange Status weather warning but the winds are expected to ease later as Clodagh, the third named storm of the extended winter season, passes eastwards.
Earlier this month around 35,000 homes were left without power when Storm Barney struck.
Such was the severity of Barney's gales that it ripped the roofs off a Wicklow leisure centre and a GAA club in Rathnew.
The Dublin Fire Brigade also reported that 128 trees had been brought down by the storm.
Meanwhile, ESB Networks has warned members of the public not to touch or approach any fallen wires and to report any damage to electricity infrastructure by calling 1850 372 999.
Updates on faults and estimated reconnection times are being posted online at esbpowercheck.ie and on the @ESBNetworks Twitter feed while customers can also call 1850 372 999 or await announcements on local radio.