Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Storm Eleanor: Met Office issues wind weather warning

Storm Eleanor: Met Office issues wind weather warning

By 8am there were still 3000 customers without power.

As Storm Eleanor heads towards Ireland today Met Eireann have issued two weather warnings of lashing rain, high seas and winds of up to 130kmph.

The unsafe winds have now wreaked havoc and caused damage on the coast.

Some cars were abandoned in Oranmore as roads were blocked while others in a vehicle park in Salthill were partially submerged. The wind ripped off part of the roof of a building owned by the Harland and Wolff firm in east Belfast and fallen trees have blocked several roads. Over 400 incidences of weather related damage to the network disrupted electricity supplies to the southern counties of Northern Ireland last night.

In Northern Ireland, 3,000 homes remained without power at 7am.

A video from Galway in the Republic of Ireland shows the city docks flooded as rising water breached defenses and police and council workers were blocking streets, diverting traffic and handing out sandbags.

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More than 60 flood warnings are in place in England, alone.

Cyclonic variable winds developing too, with the risk of strong to gale force winds developing.

There were also reports of spot flooding on the N85 Ennis to Ennistymon road in Co Clare.

Forecasters said a combination of high tides and strong winds will make large waves and spray likely in some western areas on the coast. "Damaging gusts likely inland also".

The 2,700 customers who are still without electricity are mainly in counties Down and Armagh, according to NIE Networks.

There are also power outages in Buncrana and Kilcar and ESB crews are working to restore power.

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It comes after a day of power cuts afflicted parts of the country, with 12,000 houses in Northern Ireland and almost 3,000 in England and Wales being affected.

Vince Crane, of the AA, advised drivers to take extra care in the worsening conditions.

The warning will see westerly winds with average speeds of 65 to 80 km/h, with gusts of at least 110 to 130 km/h expected.

Coastal roads and properties along Britain's western and southern coasts are vulnerable to high waves throwing beach material on to sea fronts, forecasters warned.

"Power cuts and disruption to other services - mobile phones for example - may occur, and there is a small chance of transport disruption or cancellation of public transport".

'It could cause delays an disruption overnight and tomorrow.

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