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Dublin: 6 °C Sunday 23 February, 2020

Gusts of up to 147km/h recorded during Storm Ali

The highest gust recorded during Storm Ophelia last year was 155.6km/h.

A car that was damaged when a tree fell onto it on the North Circular Road in Dublin.
A car that was damaged when a tree fell onto it on the North Circular Road in Dublin.

Updated Sep 19th 2018, 8:16 PM

THE MAX GUST of wind recorded during Storm Ali was 147km per hour at Mace Head in Galway.

Met Éireann has released the below provisional figures for gusts recorded across the country today:

  • Mace Head 147
  • Newport 124
  • Claremorris 120
  • Malin Head 117
  • Knock Airport 117
  • Finner 113
  • Athenry 110
  • Belmullet 108
  • Shannon 107
  • Valentia 106
  • Baldonnel 106
  • Dublin Airport 105
  • Casement 105
  • Gurteen 100
  • Mullingar 94
  • Johnstown 90

The highest gust recorded during Storm Ophelia last year was 155.6km/h. 


Meanwhile, a section of the ceiling over a public stairwell in the Churchwell Crescent block in Belmayne, Dublin has come off and is sitting on the remaining roof, as a result of the storm. 

According to Clúid Housing, 10 of the apartments are Clúid units, three Sonas units and six are Hail units. 

All residents affected in the 19 apartments were evacuated earlier today, and have been offered alternative accommodation, a spokesperson for Clúid Housing said.

“Because of the weather status, it has been too dangerous to access the roof to remove the loose section, so we have cordoned off the neighbouring courtyard and road,” the spokesperson said. 

“We contacted the residents in the remaining complex to warn them to stay away from these areas and have placed notices around the area. We have also arranged security to remain on the site throughout the night.”

In a statement, Hail said: “Hail confirms that it is aware of the issue regarding the roof in the Churchwell Crescent apartment block in Belmayne.

Our tenants have been housed in alternative accommodation and we are providing support to them at this time.

“We are actively working with Clúid Housing Association to ensure our tenants can return to their homes as soon as possible.”

Sonas has been contacted for comment. 

A car was also damaged at Dublin Port after containers were blown over this afternoon. No one was injured. 

Two people have died as a result of the storm, in Galway and Newry, and the second day of the National Ploughing Championships had to be cancelled. 

Some 67,000 ESB customers are without power. 

With reporting by Hayley Halpin

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