Power restored to thousands of homes and businesses after Storm Hannah

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Power restored to thousands of homes and businesses after Storm Hannah

A spokeswoman said the damage was mainly attributable to trees falling on overhead lines as a result of the high winds.


Storm Hannah caused power issues across Ireland (Owen Humphreys/PA)
Storm Hannah caused power issues across Ireland (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Power has been restored to thousands of homes and businesses in Ireland after Storm Hannah caused outages across the south-west of the country.

ESB Networks said crews had succeeded in restoring electricity to more than 30,000 customers in Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Tipperary on Saturday afternoon.

A spokeswoman said about 1,800 customers remained without power at 6pm but they expected all homes and businesses would be reconnected later on Saturday.

The areas most affected included Co Clare, west and north Kerry, west Limerick and parts of Tipperary.

The damage was mainly attributable to trees falling on overhead lines as a result of the high winds.

Status yellow warnings were issued on Friday for 11 of the Republic’s 26 counties.

A red level warning was issued for counties Kerry and Clare in the south-west of the country.

Irish weather forecaster Met Eireann said the highest gusts recorded were at Mace Head in Galway where 122 km/hour (75mph) was observed, while gusts reached 119 km/hour (73mph) at Shannon Airport.

Mace Head also recorded the highest mean wind speed at 93 km/hour (57mph).

The forecaster said very windy conditions would continue on Saturday morning, before easing.

“Whilst the winds will abate, it will still be windy into the afternoon, with brisk northwest wind steering down a mix of sunny spells & scattered heavy showers,” it tweeted.

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Road users were warned to take care following the storm.

AA Roadwatch said conditions were much calmer on Saturday morning.

But it warned that drivers should continue to take care if taking to the roads as debris could still be an issue on secondary routes.

Gardai in Thurles removed a trampoline from a motorway during the storm.

The Garda tweeted: “Thurles Gardai removed a trampoline from the M8 northbound at 3 am this morning at Two Mile Borris during Storm Hannah. Some poor child is waking up this morning with no trampoline in the garden!!!!”

Local councils in the south-west of the country were among those trying to make the roads passable.

Clare County Council tweeted: “Motorists are advised to drive with caution on our county’s roads this weekend. Our crews are working to clear trees / debris to make the road network safe.”

In a tweet, Kerry County Council said: “All road users should travel with extreme care on all routes this morning. Significant debris and tree branches on roads. Road users should also be mindful of council staff who are working on roads to address fallen trees.”

ESB Networks has urged people to stay safe and stay clear of any damaged electricity lines as they may be live.

It asked the public to report any damage to 1850 372 999.

Press Association


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