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Further winds today as crews work to restore phone service

Weather is expected to calm later today in comparison with conditions seen earlier this week.

Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire

THE WEATHER is expected to be somewhat calmer today, following high winds earlier this week which caused thousands to lose their power supply and phone connection.

Met Éireann is forecasting further winds this morning, with gusts reaching up to 100km/h, but these are expected to ease by this afternoon.

Overnight winds have brought trees and debris down onto the roads and AA Roadwatch is urging drivers to exercise particular care while driving today.

The Old Carlow to Bagnelstown Road (R705) is partially blocked due to a fallen tree at Dunleckney, while in Co Wicklow a tree is blocking the Aughrim to MacRedden Road at approximately 2km from Aughrim village. A fallen tree is also reported to be blocking the Nenagh to Thurles Road (R498) at Latteragh, Co Tipperary and at nearby Dolla on the R497.

The Drogheda to Duleek local road in Co Louth and the Whitegate to Gorteeny Road (R352) in Co Clare are also partially blocked.

The Harry Blaney Bridge between Rosguill and Fanad, Co Donegal remains open to cars, but is closed to high-sided vehicles, caravans and motorcycles due to the high wind.

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Phone crews are also working to restore the connection to homes which have been disconnected in the high winds and the ESB has repaired many of the faults on its lines caused by the severe weather conditions this week, according to RTÉ Radio One news.

Meanwhile, an ESB crew is travelling to Scotland to help restore power to the thousands of homes there which lost their connection in this week’s storms. Two people were killed in the storms across Britain this week.

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