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Dublin: 6 °C Thursday 23 January, 2020
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After the storm: Thousands without electricity and drivers urged to take care on roads

There are reports of flooding and debris on the roads this morning, so drivers are being urged to take care.

Image: Eamonn Farrell

THE ESB IS working to restore power to thousands of homes and businesses that are without power, and drivers are urged to take care on the roads in the aftermath of Storm Brendan, which swept across the country yesterday.

Yesterday, the ESB restored power to 100,000 homes, but 32,000 were still without power. You can check where there are power faults on the ESB’s PowerCheck site.

Videos showed that there were dramatic floodings on Salthill promenade last night; there was also reports of debris on the M1 southbound this morning near J18 Carlingford, though there are no indications that this debris was caused by the storm.

“Roads are wet in some parts of the west this morning – in affected areas, slow down and allow extra space behind the vehicle in front,” AA Roadwatch said.

Dublin City Council will continue to monitor and take necessary action over the coming days.

In Dublin, a barge crashed into the lock at the Portobello Bridge after its moorings broke in the storm yesterday. 

unnamed (1) Source: Ronnie Smith

Met Éireann has forecast that persistent rain and possible sleet and snow, will begin in the southwest and spread across the country during the morning and early afternoon.

There will be some heavy and possibly thundery falls, mainly in parts of Munster and Leinster, but amounts will be smaller in the west and northwest. Clearer conditions, with scattered showers, will extend from the west during the afternoon and early evening.

There is a further high tide predicted in Dublin for tomorrow at 3pm.

As part of the flood defences strategy, car parks will remain closed at Clontarf, Sandymount and along the tidal reaches of the River Dodder. These will be removed on Thursday.

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