Storm Hector is at its worst at the moment with two separate weather warnings in place.

An orange wind warning is in place for Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Sligo - while there's a yellow warning for 13 other counties including Roscommon, Leitrim, Dublin, Kildare, Clare and Kerry.

There's also a risk of coastal flooding as the winds coincide with high spring tides.

Met Eireann's Gerry Murphy says the winds will east throughout the day:

The warning remains in place until 10am this morning.

Storm Hector has left many areas without power this morning.

There are over 1450 homes without power in the Castlerea area – power is expected to be restored there around now.

There are over 540 without power in the Knock area, and another 450 in the Claremorris area with power expected to be restored there between 11-12 noon. There are over 160 homes without power in Knockaphunta, Castlebar with an estimated restoration time of 11.45. Also the Westport area where 65 homes are without power and the same estimated restoration time. And 111 in the Louisburgh area, with about 14 in the Newport area.

There are 31 without power in Cong and again power is expected to be restored there around 11.45.

There are 220 homes without power in the Ballyhaunis area with power expected to be restored around 11am.

In the Ardnaree area there are 74 homes without power with an estimated restoration time of 12 noon.

In the Ballaghaderreen 271 homes without power, where it is expected to be restored around 2pm, while there are around 30 homes without power in the Moyne area.

In Headford there are 1120 homes with power with an estimated restoration time of 10am.

In the Athenry area there are 1240 homes without power with an estimated restoration time of 11am.

Another 22 homes in Boyle are without power with no estimated restoration time.

The storm has left debris on many roads this morning so motorists are advised to take care.

A tree is blocking the road at Mountain, Aghamore, just after the turnoff for Tooreen if you are heading for Ballyhaunis.

The road is blocked just after Robeen School, with trees down. There is also a large tree down on the Rinnaney to Foxford Road on a bend. There is a tree down as you approach the Rathfran Crossroads from Tooreen, Carrowmore Lacken and one down before Templemary NS and just after it as well.

There is also a tree down on the way into Ballymoe from the Castlerea side, just before the bridge. The road is passable but half blocked there.

There are branches down on the Kilmovee Road, the first bad bend after Crennane turning. Very dangerous as the road is half covered.

Also branches down in the Lisacul area this morning as well. There are heavy branches down on the Castleplunkett to Tulsk Road and the Castlecoote to Oran Road, via Donamon is littered with debris, branches and open gates. Caution advised.

Head of Communications at Mayo County Council, Martina Hughes confirmed “ Road crews at Mayo County Council have been mobilised since early morning to deal with the damage caused with Storm Hector in the County overnight.

Fallen trees and branches together with debris on roads appear to be the main concerns across the various areas.  In the wider Claremorris Municipal district 9 trees are down and work has commenced in clearing these trees. In the Ballina Municipal district road crews are clearing fallen trees in Pamerstown Killalla  and Carramore-lacken .  Clean up operations are also underway in the wider Castlebar and Westport areas.

Mayo County Council would encourage the public to drive safely on the roads this morning and to adhere to the weather warning while in place. Please be aware of the potential of fallen trees, branches, electricity wires, debris on the roads and walk-ways and flooding.  Please exercise caution in coastal areas”

Please contact your local area office if you have any concerns as a result of storm damage.

 

 

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