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Storm Eleanor causes flood damage
January 04, 2018
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GALWAY: Homes and business on Ireland’s west coast suffered flood damage and 27,000 were still without electricity on Wednesday after Storm Eleanor brought heavy rain and winds of up to 155 kilometres per hour.

The storm hit Ireland’s fourth largest city, Galway, particularly hard as high tides late on Tuesday forced road closures and wreaked havoc for shop owners.

Ireland’s Electricity Supply Board (ESB) said at one stage on Tuesday 150,000 homes and business were without electricity.

“We’re really hopeful, given that it’s the last week of a lot of people’s Christmas holidays, that we will have power back to pretty much everybody by tonight,” Derek Hynes, Operations Manager for ESB, told national broadcaster RTE.

The weather service’s second highest level of alert remained in place for the west and northwest of the country. Met Eireann said a combination of high tides and exceptionally high seas would result in coastal damage and further flooding.

Three people died in October when Tropical Storm Ophelia battered every corner of Ireland, bringing down trees and power lines and whipping up 10-metre (30-foot) waves.

The Met Office said Great Dun Fell, the second highest peak in England’s Pennines, was hit by 100mph winds overnight, while parts of Northern Ireland suffered gusts of up to 90mph.

Around 27,000 houses in Northern Ireland and scores more in England were affected by power cuts.

A spokesman said: “It’s very difficult to make repairs because we have to think about the safety of our employees, most repairs will start at first light.”

The Humber Bridge was closed to high sided vehicles and caravans on Wednesday morning due to the strong winds.

A number of roads were closed due to fallen trees and motorists were warned to avoid all but essential travel.

In England nearly 2,000 homes were hit by power cuts in the Midlands, as well as around 700 in the South West and 460 in Wales.

The Environment Agency issued 65 flood warnings and dozens of alerts across the country.

The Dartford Crossing bridge was closed overnight on Tuesday due to the dangerous wind speeds and is due to reopen in time for morning rush hour.

Vince Crane, of the AA, advised drivers to take extra care in the worsening conditions.

Agencies
 

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