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Dublin: 19 °C Thursday 24 July, 2014

About 9,500 homes lost power as wild weather wreaks havoc on Christmas plans

Irish Ferries has cancelled its swift sailings today and tomorrow.

Indy Toaner (3) from Bray joined around 200 brave people who gathered in Dun Laoghaire yesterday - despite the weather - to try and break a world record for the most people in one place wearing Santa hats.
Indy Toaner (3) from Bray joined around 200 brave people who gathered in Dun Laoghaire yesterday - despite the weather - to try and break a world record for the most people in one place wearing Santa hats.
Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Updated 1.50pm

IRISH FERRIES HAS cancelled its swift sailings between Dublin and Holyhead that were due to bring passengers home for Christmas today and tomorrow.

The company said it would be able to accommodate customers on its cruise vessels. The departures of the swift sailings were cancelled because of “adverse weather conditions”.

Another night of strong and gusty winds created more problems for ESB Networks which had crews out at a number of faults across the west and south of the country this morning.

Worst affected areas include Cork and Wexford. In Wexford, more than 2,500 customers lost power after midnight in one fault area.

Service has returned to normal for the majority of properties.

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Faults and service interruptions as of 9.15am today. (Image: ESB Networks)

Met Éireann has predicted further showers today – of the hail, sleet and thundery kind. However, there could also be good sunny spells in the east and south.

Highest temperatures will be four to eight degrees.

More wintery showers are expected tonight, as well as a sharp frost and a risk of ice on untreated roads.

Tomorrow morning will bring more rain and windy conditions.

“It will become mainly dry for a time in the afternoon, but heavy showers will soon follow from the west,” the Met Éireann added.

Remember, don’t blame it on the weatherman.

First published at 9.19am

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