Storm Gareth

  • Just under two thousand homes and businesses have lost power because of Storm Gareth, which  brought strong winds and high seas to the west and north-west region overnight.

    ESB Networks are reporting power outages in the Achill and Ballinrobe areas of Co Mayo - they hope to restore power to about 50 customers in Ballinrobe this lunchtime, while the Achill outage should be repaired by late afternoon.

    A small number of customers are without power in Collooney, Co Sligo, while the Co Galway areas of Claregalway, Oughterard and Carraroe have also been hit by power outages.

    No structural damage was reported across Co Mayo following Storm Gareth, with gusts of  96 km/h recorded in Newport at 6am this morning, and 81 km/h in Belmullet.

    The highest gusts were reported in Co Donegal.



  • Two weather warnings remain in place this morning as Storm Gareth batters the country.

    Winds of up to 130 kilometers per hour have hit parts of the west and north-west over the past 24 hours, while high seas have also led to coastal flooding in places.

    Power outages affecting a small number of customers are reported in Cong and in Collooney, while there are also outages in the Oughterard and Carraroe areas of Galway, and in Leitrim.

    The Road Safety Authority is asking road users to take extra care when  travelling this morning, and to watch out for fallen trees and debris.

    Met Eirean say the Status Orange weather alert will remain in place for counties Mayo,, Galway, Sligo, Leitrim, and Donegal until 9am this morning.

    A yellow wind alert is in place for the rest of the country until midday.

    Winds gusting to 102 km/h were reported in Malin Head this morning, while the latest Met Eireann report shows gusts of 96km/h at 6am this morning in Newport, Co Mayo and gusts of 81 km/h in Belmullet.



  • The West of Ireland looks set to be hit by very wet and windy weather in the coming hours and days as Storm Gareth approaches.

    Met Eireann has issued a status orange wind warning for tomorrow, for counties Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal.

    The warning is in place from 12 noon tomorrow until 9am Wednesday morning, with damaging gusts of up to 130 km/h. There's also the risk of coastal flooding, due to high seas.

    A status yellow wind warning is in place for the rest of the country tomorrow.

    Met Eireann has also issued a status yellow rainfall warning for Connacht, with heavy rain followed by squally showers leading to a risk of rainfall accumulations of around 25 mm.

    The rainfall warning is valid from 6pm this evening to 6am tomorrow morning.

    Met Eireann is advising of a wet and windy night tonight with outbreaks of heavy rain.

    Tomorrow will bring a mix of scattered showers and sunny spells, with longer spells of rain in the afternoon, and turning increasingly windy tomorrow with strong to gale force winds in the afternoon, and potentially damaging gusts in coastal areas by tomorrow evening.


  • Storm Gareth is due to hit parts of the country today, bringing strong winds and a chance of coastal flooding.

    A status orange wind warning comes into effect for Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal from midday.

    Gusts could reach up to 130 kilometres an hour during the worst of the conditions.

    Drivers are being advised to take extra care on the roads this morning.

    Meanwhile, Mayo County Council is warning parents to pack up their trampolines and wheelie bins as storm Gareth approaches.

    The council's safety officer Noel Gibbins says the nets put up around trampolines to keep them safe, could add to the problem, as the net becomes a 'sail' in strong winds.