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Caution advised as Storm Brendan hits Ireland

Status Orange wind warnings have been issued for the entire country.

Waves hit the sea wall in Clontarf, Co Dublin (Aine McMahon/PA)
Waves hit the sea wall in Clontarf, Co Dublin (Aine McMahon/PA)

By Aoife Moore and Aine McMahon, PA

The public and road users were advised to proceed with caution as Storm Brendan battered the island of Ireland on Monday.

The Republic of Ireland was predicted to be worst hit as the storm sweeps across the country as well as Northern Ireland, with winds gusting up to 80mph (129kph).

By early afternoon, numerous reports of trees falling on roadways had emerged across the island of Ireland, as well as an errant trampoline reported to have blown on the M7 motorway in Limerick, disrupting traffic.

On Monday evening, ESB Networks said 32,000 people in the Republic of Ireland are without power and some homes will be waiting until Tuesday to have their power restored.

NIE Networks said power has been restored to 6,400 customers in Northern Ireland throughout the day while 2,000 remain without power.

The worst affected areas are mainly in Co.Down and Co Antrim, however there have been faults across Northern Ireland, it said.

The Status Orange wind warning will remain in place until 9pm on Monday and has been extended to midnight for counties Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo.

From 3pm until 8pm on Monday evening, a Status Yellow wind warning is in place for counties Wexford, Cavan, Monaghan, Roscommon, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Waterford.

In Northern Ireland, another trampoline on the trainline at Finaghy caused delays to train running times while it was being removed.

ESB Networks said around 48,000 homes and businesses were without power on Monday afternoon, with the South West the worst-affected area.

Power cuts were also suffered across Northern Ireland, mostly in the North East.

Coastal areas have seen high winds and waves, with the Irish Coast Guard strongly advising the public to stay away from exposed beaches, cliffs and piers during storm conditions.

Coastal flooding was reported across the country including in Tramore in Co Waterford, Skerries and Clontarf in Dublin and parts of Galway.

A spokesman for AA Roadwatch said: “Particular caution is advised on the coasts: a Status Red Marine Warning for gales is in place for all coastal waters, with a significant risk of coastal flooding.

“Watch out for wind-blown debris on the roads, and give extra space to vulnerable road users like pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. Strong cross-winds may affect control of your vehicle so slow down.

“Only drive through standing water if you’re sure it’s not too deep for your car.”

Met Eireann has issued an orange wind warning for the entire country.

Head of forecasting Evelyn Cusack said there will be “several hours of very dangerous weather”.

“Thankfully the storm centre is keeping out to the north-west of Ireland but we are going to get several hours of dangerous weather as that transfers across the country,” she said.

Status Orange wind warnings have been issued for all counties, while gusts of up to 66mph (106kph) have been recorded in the West.

Ms Cusack told RTE Radio that pressure is falling rapidly in the West where winds are picking up and there is a risk of localised flooding, structural damage and uprooted trees.

Britain’s Met Office has also issued a weather warning covering the next two days, warning of wind for much of the western half of the UK.

Storm Brendan is expected to plague Ireland until 9pm on Monday, bringing with it a significant risk of coastal flooding, while the warning of “a very windy period” is in force across the West of England, Scotland and Wales from 10am.

The east coast of Ireland will not escape the impact of the storm either, with winds of 40mph-50mph (64kph-80kph) possible.

PA

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