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Thousands left without power after strong winds overnight


By Edaein OConnell
18th Dec 2018
Thousands left without power after strong winds overnight

6,000 homes and businesses have been left without power this morning after strong winds swept across the country overnight.

Around 2,400 of those homes are in Wicklow, according to the ESB power check service. ESB said its units are currently working to resolve the issue and hopes to restore power to those affected as soon as possible.

A status yellow wind and rain warning had been in place overnight for all counties.

Commuters were also warned this morning of flooding after torrential rain overnight. A spokesperson for AA Roadwatch said, “When driving in high winds, allow a large gap between you and the vehicle in front, expect wind-blown debris and be mindful of vulnerable road users such as cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians.”

They added: “Remember it takes longer to stop on wet roads, so slow down and keep further back from the vehicle in front. Expect wind-blown debris and surface water”

There were reports of fallen trees in counties Offaly, Kildare and Wicklow. A number of ferry crossings from Dublin to Holyhead had also been cancelled due to “adverse weather condition.”

Met Éireann has forecasted that wind and rain will ease this morning and later today, but the week will continue to be unsettled.