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Over 10,000 homes and businesses without power as Storm Ellen makes landfall

A Status Red wind warning is in effect in Cork until midnight.

Flooding in Skibbereen, Co Cork this evening
Flooding in Skibbereen, Co Cork this evening
Image: Christopher O'Sullivan TD via Twitter

Updated Aug 19th 2020, 10:55 PM

THOUSANDS OF HOMES and businesses are without power across the country this evening as Storm Ellen approaches. 

A Status Red wind warning is in effect in Cork until midnight. 

A Status Orange wind warning is in place for Munster, Galway and Mayo until 6am tomorrow with a Status Yellow wind warning in place in the rest of the country.

Met Éireann is forecasting the storm is likely to produce “a core of very severe and destructive winds” with heavy rain also likely in southwestern and southern counties. 

Over 10,000 homes and businesses have been left without power this evening. 

As many as 1,703 customers are without power in Athy, Co Kildare this evening, with up to 1,182 without power in Springs, Co Waterford.

1,491 customers are without power in Macroom, Co Cork. 

Updates on most faults, along with their expected restoration times can be found here.

Screenshot 2020-08-19 at 22.36.55 A map of power outages across the country this evening Source: ESB

Earlier today, ESB Networks tweeted asking its customers to “be prepared to be without electricity in case their area is affected by tonight’s upcoming Storm Emma”. 

“If you come across fallen wires or damaged electricity networks, do not approach as they could be live and extremely dangerous,” it said. 

There has also been reports of flooding in Skibbereen, Cork this evening.

In response to the Status Red wind warning, Cork County Council’s Severe Weather Assessment Team convened again this evening. 

The council expects the impact from Storm Ellen to include fallen frees and possible structural damage from high winds. 

Due to the combination of storm surge, spring tide and onshore winds, there is a potential risk of coastal flooding, the council warned. 

There is also risk of some inland and river flooding with some potentially heavy, thundery downpours, it added. 

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Cork County Council said its response crews and contractors remain on standby. 

“Members of the public are advised to stay high, stay dry and stay away from the coast, rivers and lakes. Those camping or in caravans are asked to seek alternative accommodation indoors, as temporary structures are particularly at risk,” the council said. 

“Cork County Council advises road users to be aware of the danger posed by high winds. Driving conditions may be hazardous with surface flooding possible. Motorists are reminded to take additional care and be conscious of cyclists and pedestrians,” the council added.

For assistance with issues such as fallen trees, flooding and road damage, people can contact Cork County Council’s Emergency out-of-hours number on 021 480 0048, which will continue to be available throughout the day tomorrow.

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