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Fallen trees and power cuts after 100km winds swept country

If you had trouble finding your wheelie bin this morning, you were not alone.

Cabinteely, Co Dublin."Our whole wall fell down," reader Kevin Hunt told us. Source: Kevin Hunt

ALMOST TWO THOUSAND customers were without electricity first thing this morning in the wake of the stormy weather, according to ESB Networks, after winds gusting at over 100km per hour.

However, crews have been working to fix the problem, and as of 8pm there were only small pockets of householders still offline. The highest number of customers affected was in Talbot’s Inch, Kilkenny, where 323 households are wtill without power.

An ‘orange alert’ wind warning for the north and west was lifted at 9am — as was a less serious ‘yellow’ warning for the rest of the country.

Some roads were blocked by fallen trees and other debris overnight but this has now been cleared in most places.

Tomorrow will be a better day, according to Met Éireann, which said the morning will be bright and sunny. According to the forecaster:

Many places will be dry, but showers will still occur over the west and north. Most of the showers will die out in the afternoon, but cloud will increase and rain will follow tomorrow evening.

Those “fresh westerly winds” are not ready to leave us just yet so tie down the wheelie binds this evening.

All Irish Ferrries ‘Swift’ sailings between Dublin and Holyhead have been cancelled between now and Monday. Passengers with valid tickets are being accommodated on ‘Cruise’ sailings instead.

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- Additional reporting by Michelle Hennessy.

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