Storm Ali

  • Storm Ali has caused widespread disruption on the roads today.

    Motorists are being advised to drive with extra care this evening with fallen trees reported in many areas.

    126,000 ESB customers are still without power as a result of the storm.

    The damage was mainly caused by fallen trees on overhead lines.

    The worst affected areas are Mayo, Sligo, Galway and Cavan.

    ESB crews are moving into affected areas when it's safe to do so to restore power as quickly as possible.

    Operations Manager with the ESB is Derek Hynes told Midwest News it’s a big job.

  • The ESB says crews are working to restore power to around 186 thousand customers after Storm Ali.

    Over 1400 individual faults have been recorded across the network.

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

    The areas most affected include Mayo, Sligo, Donegal, Cavan, Galway, Portlaoise, Dundalk, Mullingar and parts of North County Dublin.

  • The West coast is being battered by gusts of up to 120 km'/ hour this morning, as Storm Ali tracks close to the west and northwest coasts, before moving quickly eastwards during the morning.

    A Status Orange wind warning has been in place since 5am this morning, and remains in place until lunchtime for the province of Connacht, and 12 other counties.

    It's a wet and windy morning in Galway, Mayo and Sligo, with winds are reaching average speeds between 65 and 80 km/h with gusts between 110 and 120 km/h for a time.

    A status orange gale warning is also in place this morning - Met Eireann says gales or strong gales will extend to all sea areas this morning, reaching storm force at times, and up to violent storm force between Loop Head and Erris Head this morning before winds veer westerly.

    Forecasters say heavy rain, flying debris, fallen trees, power cuts, flooding and travel disruption are possible in the worst-hit areas.

    A number of fallen trees have already been reported this morning across Co Mayo.

    Motorists and road users are urged to exercise caution and beware of objects being blown onto the road, while control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds.

    High-sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds.

    Some flights have been disrupted at Dublin Airport this morning due to Storm Ali,while Irish Ferries have cancelled a number of sailings to and from Dublin and Holyhead this morning.

    The second day of the National Ploughing Championships in Co Offaly won't get underway until the later time of 11am this morning due to the adverse weather.

     

  • The West coast is being battered by gusts of up to 130 km/ hour this morning, as Storm Ali tracks close to the west and northwest coast, before moving quickly eastwards during the morning.

    Thousands of homes are without power supplies, while trees are down in a number of areas of Mayo, and motorists are urged to watch out for fallen debris.

    A Status Orange wind warning has been in place since 5am this morning, and has since been upgraded to a severe warning - Met Eireann says south to southwest winds veering westerly will reach average speeds of between 65 and 80 km/h with gusts of between 110 and 130 km/h for a time - gusts of over 130 km/h are possible in coastal regions of the west and northwest. Strong winds will be along Atlantic coasts at first before moving eastwards later this morning.

    The severe wind warning is in place until 12 noon across Connacht and 12 other counties.

    Among the strongest gusts so far recorded this morning are gusts of 130 km/h at Mace Head in Galway, 107 km/h in Belmullet and 106 km/h off Newport.

    A status orange gale warning is also in place this morning.

    Some 20,000 customers nationally are without power supplies this morning, according to ESB Networks.

    This includes about 2,000 customers in Castlebar, 3,500 in Sligo, 2,000 in Galway and 1,400 in Athlone as a result of over 50 individual faults.

    ESB Networks are deploying crews to the various sites, but they cannot start to repair the faults until the high winds have passed.

    A number of flights have been disrupted at Dublin Airport this morning due to Storm Ali,while Irish Ferries have cancelled a number of sailings to and from Dublin and Holyhead this morning.

    The second day of the National Ploughing Championships in Co Offaly won't get underway until the later time of 11am due to the adverse weather -that's two hours later than scheduled.