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After the storm: Katia moves on, but windy conditions remain

Ex-hurricane Katia has now moved on to Scandinavia, where it’s effectively dissipated. Today’s winds aren’t related.

Cyclists brave the storm at the Great South Wall near Poolbeg yesterday.
Cyclists brave the storm at the Great South Wall near Poolbeg yesterday.

Updated, 10.35

IRELAND IS FACING another day of heavy winds – but they’re not coming from former hurricane Katia, which has moved onwards towards Scandinavia and effectively dissipated.

Met Éireann says the storm has long passed Irish waters – and though Ireland is still facing heavy winds in some parts of the country today, they are not related to Katia.

The storm – which was downgraded from hurricane status over the Atlantic before it reached Ireland – reached a peak wind speeds of 66 knots, the equivalent of 122km/h, at Malin Head.

And though the storm was felt in much of the country – with Dublin Airport recording an unusually high wind speed of 56 knots (104km/h) – Met Éireann’s John Eagleton said the storm would not live long in the memory.

“It’s not a hurricane we’ll be talking about next week,” he said. “Obviously it was quite windy – and the trees were in full leaf, so they moved around a bit more – but it wasn’t too remarkable. It wasn’t in the Premier League of hurricanes.”

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ESB workers had restored power to all disconnected areas late last night, and have this morning restored power to customers in Castlebar who had suffered a subsequent outage.

This video, via Irish Weather Online, shows the winds at their most powerful in Donegal:

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