May 24, 2024
By Olivia Kelleher Anne Lucey Due to floods and trees falling, thousands of people are currently without power. Overnight Storm Betty has swept the country, flooding some areas and blocking roads with debris and fallen trees. According to ESB Networks, more than 70,000 homes, businesses and farms were left without power overnight by storm force winds. Over 40,000 had electricity restored to them by 5pm. That left another 30,000 homes without power Saturday. The company that is responsible for Ireland’s electricity grid has stated that it’s possible some localized households may not have electricity access overnight. Outages of power are […]

By Olivia Kelleher Anne Lucey

Due to floods and trees falling, thousands of people are currently without power.

Overnight Storm Betty has swept the country, flooding some areas and blocking roads with debris and fallen trees.

According to ESB Networks, more than 70,000 homes, businesses and farms were left without power overnight by storm force winds. Over 40,000 had electricity restored to them by 5pm. That left another 30,000 homes without power Saturday.

The company that is responsible for Ireland’s electricity grid has stated that it’s possible some localized households may not have electricity access overnight.

Outages of power are most common in Kilkenny and Kilkenny County, as well as the counties of Dundalk, Portlaoise, Kilkenny, and southeast Ireland.

After the floods of the day, there were large amounts seaweeds and debris scattered around Clontarf’s public baths.

Aoife said Saturday at 7.30am that the pool was not visible when she first arrived.

The water had reached the walls and we did not realize the extent of the damage until we removed some of it. The situation was tragic.

“This is where we live. It is like a small piece of paradise. “We’re so disappointed.”

There are many people who have offered their help to clean up these baths. They were constructed in 1886 and featured a swimming pool measuring 900 sq. meters.

It looks as if we were attacked by a giant sea creature with the seaweed. We only have railings to explain it. The furniture at one end was on the other side. The lost items were found above the wall, Ms Drumm stated.

The tide had come in and we were forced to stop. The deck will need to be power-hosed to remove the sand, silt and seaweed after the seaweed has been removed. Then, someone will come and check the wiring to determine what’s needed.

Taxi driver in Templelogue (South Dublin) escaped injury when a falling tree hit the car.

Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) and ESB Networks were called to the North Strand after a large tree landed on three cars. The incident was not reported to be an injury.

Carrigaline and Dunmanway were reported to have experienced flash floods. Clonakilty and Roches Point, in Cork also, had similar flooding.

Cork City reported flooding on the N27 South City Link at Turner’s Cross. Also, there were reports of low lying quays on the city’s centre in Ballyvolane as well on Rochestown Road.

Yesterday night, one householder along Cathedral Road in the northern part of the city was busy hauling water to her door using a wheelie can.

Yesterday night, Coast Guard inspectors inspected the damage done by a boat which broke loose from its berth at Dungarvan in Co Waterford.

The Rose of Tralee annual festival began with an official welcome in Tralee on Friday, which was celebrated at the Siamsa Tire theater.

For several hours, a number of roads around the region and Valentia Island became flooded. It was necessary to clear fallen trees from several roads.

French and local tourists cleared branches and trees from the Dingle peninsula road until council officials arrived.

Garda and Fire services have urged drivers to exercise extra caution on the roads.

Donegal Leitrim Sligo has been in a Status Yellow wind and rain warning since 8am. Impacts include localized flooding, poor travel conditions and overflowing water on the coast.

Windy conditions will prevail today. Thundery or heavy rains are expected to continue in the northwest and north. Showers will occur elsewhere.

The afternoon and evening will bring sunny patches with scattered showers.

The winds will decrease in intensity through the afternoon. However, temperatures will remain between 18-22 degrees.

Due to the moderate southerly breezes and stronger winds on the Atlantic coasts, tonight’s temperatures won’t drop below 12-15 degrees. The south and west will see some showers.

Today will be sunny and warm, with a dry day. There will be scattered showers, mainly in western regions.

Winds from the south-west are moderate, with temperatures in the range of 19 to 23 degrees. The Atlantic coast is windy.

It is possible to experience rain showers at certain times. These are interspersed by long, dry periods with sunny skies.

Expect cloudy skies and some sunny periods on Monday with temperatures between 17 and 22 degrees.

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