storm brendan

  • Thousands of homes and businesses remain without power this morning after Storm Brendan.

    Its strong winds and heavy rain caused power cuts, fallen trees and flooding when it hit yesterday.

    The ESB says at the peak of the storm in the afternoon, about 50-thousand customers were without power.

    In Sligo, power outages are reported this morning in Enniscrone, Ballymote and Collooney, with several areas of Co Galway also without power.

     

    A status orange wind warning remained in place until midnight last night in western coastal counties, with gusts of over 120 km/h recorded in Belmullet.

    In Galway, high tide last night has resulted in flooding in two car parks in Salthill, along with parts of the promenade, while businesses overlooking the Claddagh in Galway narrowly avoided being flooded last night.

    In Mayo, the R313 Belmullet-Blacksod road is opening one lane to traffic this morning, after severe damage was caused to a section of the road by Storm Brendan.

    Mayo County Council dealt with fallen trees in a number of areas of East Mayo yesterday, but overall the county escaped major damage.

     

     

     

  • Met Eireann has issued three weather warnings - including two orange alerts - as Storm Brendan makes its way towards Ireland.

     

    The Orange warnings are for wind and come into effect for all counties along the south and west coast from 7am on Monday.

     

    The forecaster says gusts of up to 130 kilometres per hour are expected, and there's a significant risk of coastal flooding.

     

    A Status Yellow alert for counties in the midlands and east will also come into effect from 7am on Monday.

     

    Alan O'Reilly from Carlow Weather says conditions will be poor throughout the day:

  • The Road Safety Authority (RSA), is advising road users to exercise caution while using the roads today as Met Eireann has issued Orange weather warnings for strong winds and risk of coastal flooding for most of the country due to storm Brendan.

    Met Eireann issued an orange weather warning for Connaught, Donegal and Kerry from 5am to 9pm on Monday 13 January, as storm Brendan moves Northwest the southerly winds will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80 km/h with gusts generally up to 130 km/h, higher in exposed areas.

     A second orange weather warning is in place for Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Clare, Cork, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford from 8am to 3pm today,  as southerly winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 70 km/h with gusts of 100 to 120 km/h, higher in exposed areas.

     There is a significant risk of coastal flooding due to the combination of high spring tides and storm surge

    The following advice is being given to motorists:

    Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds.

    Beware of objects being blown onto the road

    Watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road.

    Drivers should allow extra space between themselves and vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and motorcyclists.

    Drive with dipped headlights at all times.

    If the road ahead is flooded choose another route, do not attempt to drive through it.

    Road users should always follow recommended routes and obey signs closing roads to traffic.

    After going through water, drive slowly with your foot on the brake pedal for a short distance - this helps to dry the brakes.

  • The Status Orange wind warning for Mayo, Galway, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal has been extended until midnight tonight.

    Met Eireann says that, as Storm Brendan tracks away from Ireland, southwesterly winds will gust to between 100 and 130 km/h, higher in exposed areas.

    There's also a significant risk of coastal flooding due to the combination of high spring tides and storm surge.

     

    Storm Brendan caused travel disruption today at Ireland West Airport Knock, with a number of flights diverted or cancelled, while a number of schools remained closed across Mayo and Galway.

    Hundreds of homes and businesses across Co Mayo have been hit by power outages as a result of Storm Brendan, with outages reported this evening in Belmullet, Ballinrobe, Claremorris, Westport, Ballina and Charlestown, while a number of outages are also being dealt with across counties Galway and Sligo.

    In Mayo, the highest gusts of 122 and 124 km/hour were recorded about 4pm this afternoon off Belmullet - yet despite the extreme winds since early morning, Mayo County Council says only minimal damage has been caused.

    A number of trees fell in the Claremorris, Balla and Kiltimagh areas of East Mayo, while the R313 Belmullet to Blacksod regional road remains closed, after storm damage to a section of the road.

    Homes and businesses in Galway are bracing themselves for high tide this evening just after 7 o'clock.

    This morning passed without incident, but Gary McMahon from Galway City Council says the tail end of Storm Brendan could bring flooding with it:

  • Storm Brendan is raging across Connacht, with a status orange wind warning in place until 9 o'clock tonight.

    The West coast is bearing the brunt of the storm so far today, with gusts of 100 km/hour recorded in Belmullet at 10am this morning, and higher gusts in Munster.

    Thousands of homes and businesses are without power supplies, while a number of schools have remained closed today across Mayo and Galway.

    Storm Brendan has caused widespread travel disruption to those flying between the UK and Ireland.

     Ireland West Airport Knock is open today but three morning flights from the UK to Knock have had to divert to Dublin due to high winds.

     This has in turn effected departures from the airport to Standstead, London Luton and Edinburgh - these flights are on hold as they await aircraft.

     Aer Lingus has cancelled their London Gatwick service to and from Knock this afternoon.

     Passengers should check with their airline to get updates on flights throughout the day, while both Stena Line and Irish Ferries have cancelled a number of sailings.

    In Mayo, the R313 Belmullet to Blacksod regional road will remain closed for the rest of the day, after the storm damaged a section of the road.

    Local diversions are in place, and it's hoped to open one lane to traffic tomorrow.

    Met Eireann is warning of gusts of up to 130 km/h along the western seaboard, with a significant risk of coastal flooding, due to the combination of high spring tides and a storm surge.

    Across the country, twenty-one thousand homes and businesses are currently without power as a result of Storm Brendan.

    The storm is forecast to be at its strongest up until 2 o'clock this afternoon.

    The ESB says the number of premises without power will most likely grow throughout the day.

    At present, power outages are reported in Castlebar, Ballina, Glenamaddy, Dunmore and Enniscrone.

    Mayo County Council Mayo County Council has confirmed that their flood emergency plan remains in place for the duration of this weather warning.

    The R313 Belmullet to Blacksod regional road remains closed for the rest of the day, with local diversions in place.

    The council is advising members of the public to be aware of fallen trees, branches, electricity wires, debris on roads and footpaths, and flooding in certain areas.

    Coastal areas pose a very high risk from  the wind and high seas, and people are asked to avoid these areas where possible.

    In Galway, Salthill Promenade was closed to traffic during high tide this morning, but has since reopened.