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    Areas of Tuam and Ballyhaunis have the largest number of homes and businesses in this region without electricity this lunchtime, almost 24 hours after Storm Ali ravaged western counties yesterday.

    That’s according to Paul Hand of the ESB Networks. He told Midwest News this lunchtime that they hope to have the power restored to most areas by this evening.

    Nonetheless, because of the volume of faults on some lines that process could be slower.

    Almost 40 thousand homes nationally are still without power after yesterday’s high winds.

  • An estimated 12,000 people are still without power this morning after Storm Ali on Wednesday.

    Two people died during the storm.

    A full service on the Luas Green line in Dublin has resumed this morning.

    It is understood the majority of those without power are in the Tuam, Mullingar, Cavan and Longford areas.

    Up to 180,000 homes were without power at one stage on Wednesday. Repair efforts were hampered by Storm Bronagh, which followed Storm Ali yesterday, and brought heavy rain across the country yesterday evening and overnight.

    Met Éireann meteorologist Joan Blackburn says they are  monitoring a weather system that may develop into a third storm, Storm Callum, late on Saturday evening.

    She says this system has the potential to develop into something “nasty,” which would hit Ireland late on Saturday into Sunday morning and this weather system is being kept under review.

  • Westport Gardai are advising that a live ESB line is down in the Letterbrook area of Drummin.

    ESB Networks are currently at the scene, and there will be some power outages in the area this morning while repairs are underway.

    The local road - the L1824 - may also be closed for a time.

    People in the area are advised to take extra caution, as the line is down on the road and on wire fencing between fields.

     

  • Power supplies were restored earlier this afternoon on Achill Island.

    About 200 customers in Achill had been without electricity since about 9.30 this morning due to a fault, but supply was restored around lunchtime.

     

    About 1700 customers in the Swinford and Foxford areas were without power for a time this morning also, but it's believed the fault was repaired within 15 minutes.

    A spokesperson for ESB Networks told Midwest News that wildlife interference with power lines was to blame for both outages.

     

     

  • The West coast is being battered by gusts of up to 130 km/ hour this morning, as Storm Ali tracks close to the west and northwest coast, before moving quickly eastwards during the morning.

    Thousands of homes are without power supplies, while trees are down in a number of areas of Mayo, and motorists are urged to watch out for fallen debris.

    A Status Orange wind warning has been in place since 5am this morning, and has since been upgraded to a severe warning - Met Eireann says south to southwest winds veering westerly will reach average speeds of between 65 and 80 km/h with gusts of between 110 and 130 km/h for a time - gusts of over 130 km/h are possible in coastal regions of the west and northwest. Strong winds will be along Atlantic coasts at first before moving eastwards later this morning.

    The severe wind warning is in place until 12 noon across Connacht and 12 other counties.

    Among the strongest gusts so far recorded this morning are gusts of 130 km/h at Mace Head in Galway, 107 km/h in Belmullet and 106 km/h off Newport.

    A status orange gale warning is also in place this morning.

    Some 20,000 customers nationally are without power supplies this morning, according to ESB Networks.

    This includes about 2,000 customers in Castlebar, 3,500 in Sligo, 2,000 in Galway and 1,400 in Athlone as a result of over 50 individual faults.

    ESB Networks are deploying crews to the various sites, but they cannot start to repair the faults until the high winds have passed.

    A number of flights have been disrupted at Dublin Airport this morning due to Storm Ali,while Irish Ferries have cancelled a number of sailings to and from Dublin and Holyhead this morning.

    The second day of the National Ploughing Championships in Co Offaly won't get underway until the later time of 11am due to the adverse weather -that's two hours later than scheduled.