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Hundreds without power as strong winds batter Ireland

There is also a chance of sleet and snow in some places so bundle up.
Dec 10th 2014, 9:30 AM 12,515 22

Source: ESB

HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE are currently without power in various parts of the country as strong winds cause faults in the electrical network.

Gusts could reach 100km/h in some places today as Met Éireann’s orange weather warning remains in place.

Winds are particularly strong in Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Sligo and Clare.

More than 300 people in Carrowbeg near Westport in Mayo are without power – down from more than 2,000 earlier this morning. Smaller numbers in Glenties, Ardnaree, Ennistymon, Ballybunion, Ross Carbery, Bray and Manorhamilton are also affected by faults.

In Sligo, the gale force winds have been causing trouble on the roads:

The average wind speed will be 45 to 65km/h though Met Éireann has warned gusts could reach 100 to 130km/h today and tonight.

Source: Windfinder

Yesterday, Clare County Council warned land, home and business owners that flooding was likely today.

There will be some showers of rain and hail today according to forecasts, with a continuing risk of sleet and snow on higher ground – especially in parts of Connacht and Ulster – so wrap up warm.

Read: Tie down your wheelie bins – there are gale force winds on the way>

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