Power has been restored today to hundreds of homes and businesses across the West, who were without electricity following Storm Elsa which battered the western region last night.

Some of the highest winds were in Mayo, and hundreds of customers across the county were left without power as a result.

ESB crews have been out fixing faults throughout the day, and power has now been restored to the majority of customers affected - although there are still pockets in Ballyhaunis, Claremorris, Kiltimagh and Ballinrobe where electricity is still out-  as of 5.30 this evening.

Areas of Dunmore and Tuam were also without power this afternoon, after Galway city and county were battered by Storm Elsa for up to four hours last night, resulting in severe flooding in some parts and trees falling across the region.

The Mayor of Galway City Mike Cubbard has questioned why Met Eireann was so late in issuing a status orange wind warning last night - he says if the storm was flagged earlier in the day, the city council would have put its emergency plan in place.

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