Repairs under way as Storm Lorenzo weather warnings lifted
There was ‘very little damage’ done to property as a result of Storm Lorenzo, the Government’s National Emergency Co-operation Group has said.
All previous weather warnings associated with the Storm Lorenzo have ended and no major incidents have been reported because of the storm.
The storm has moved north-north-eastward parallel to the west coast of Ireland and has weakened.
Forecaster Met Eireann lifted all weather warnings shortly after 1pm on Friday.
However, heavy rain will continue in the north-western part of the country on Friday evening and Saturday morning.
🚨WEATHER WARNING🚨— RSA Ireland (@RSAIreland) October 4, 2019
📌 Longford, Westmeath, Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Clare
🌧️Strong westerly winds persist for a time this morning, mean speeds 50 to 65 km/hr with higher gusts.
📅Friday 4 October
There was disruption across the country overnight after the gusts downed trees and debris.
The Road Safety Authority urged road users to check local weather and traffic conditions before setting out.
ESB crews are working to restore power to thousands of customers, principally in Galway, Mayo and Longford.
Derek Hynes, head of projects delivery for ESB Networks, told Morning Ireland that power was restored to 12,000 families overnight, and they are “pretty confident” that power will be restored to those who remain without over the course of the day.
A National Emergency Coordination Group meeting was held in Dublin on Friday, to review the impact of Storm Lorenzo.
The group said there were no major reported incidents or injuries to members of the public or the emergency services, adding “there was also very little damage or destruction of property”.
Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy thanked the public for heeding the public safety messages.
“This was potentially a very significant event that threatened public safety, the safety of our emergency responders, infrastructure and property. It was an evolving and unique weather event that made predictions very difficult,” he said.
Many thanks to the NECG & all emergency response teams for preparations in anticipation of #StormLorenzo. My thanks also to the public for heeding the warnings. No major incidents and we were lucky this time, but we do our planning based on forecasts not on luck.— Eoghan Murphy (@MurphyEoghan) October 4, 2019
Motorists are urged to pay attention to the risk posed by fallen trees and debris that may have fallen on roads during the storm.
Looking ahead, Saturday will start out mainly dry and cloudy with outbreaks of rain developing by the end of the morning.
The rain will turn heavy with the risk of spot flooding and will clear in the early evening.
In Co Wexford, a kite surfer was taken to hospital after being blown on to the shoreline in the Lady’s Island area near Rosslare.
In Co Kerry, a search operation for a missing surfer was stood down after the man was found safe and well.