Storm Callum swept through the country overnight, bringing heavy rain and strong, gusty winds. Thousands of people are waking up to power outages and travel disruption, particularly in the west and south. A status orange warning remains in place until 5 pm in Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Clare.
Meanwhile, an orange warning for Dublin, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath and Waterford will remain in place until 9 am. The rest of the country is under a status yellow warning until 9 am too.
ESB Networks has reported large power outages in counties Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Kilkenny and Dublin. There are also people without power in Mayo, Donegal and Cavan. Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland radio programme, Paul Hand at ESB Networks said, “We have 30,000 homes and businesses without power at this stage; we do anticipate that to increase.
“Crews stand ready in all areas of the country,” he added, “and they will be deployed when it is ready to do so. It may well be into midmorning or the afternoon before crews can begin repairs in the west.”
Photo: Irish Rail
Stormwatch Update: 06:00hrs Waterford Heuston has struck a tree, Train will continue, but will be operating at a reduced speed as a result #stormcallum
— Iarnród Éireann (@IrishRail) October 12, 2018
- Tipperary: A fallen tree is completely blocking the Clonmel Rd (R689) about 1.5km outside Killenaule, and a tree is down on the Old N7 (R445).
- Wicklow: Tree down outside Barndarrig.
- Meath: The Dublin Rd (R132) is blocked just outside Drogheda at the Southgate SC R/A due to a fallen tree. Gardai advise caution on the N51 between Navan and Slane due to fallen branches and debris.
- Cork: The Cobh/Fota Rd (R624) is closed at Carrigaloe due to a mudslide. There are reports of a fallen tree and electrical pole partially blocking Centre Park Road inbound.
- Galway: Grattan Road in Salthill is closed between Mutton Island and The Promenade. Lough Atalia Road is closed from the College Road junction to The Docks, and there is no access to Eyre Square South, Victoria Place, Queen Street and the Dock Road.
We’re seeing the effects of Storm Callum this morning with debris, fallen trees, poles and branches, and some travel disruption. All information on our website: https://t.co/PSzIBsNprc#StormCallumpic.twitter.com/RQlCsFiRGW
— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) October 12, 2018
A number of flights on our European network have been cancelled on Friday 12 October due to #StormCallum. Please check flight status before travelling to the airport.
— Aer Lingus (@AerLingus) October 11, 2018
The decision to close schools today lies with each school’s Board of Management, as the impact of the storm has varied in each part of the country. Contact your local school for more information.
Photo: MET Éireann