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Irish weather warning continues amid Storm Isha's disturbance

Irish weather warning continues amid Storm Isha's disturbance

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ESB network technicians have closed roads as work continues to restore power

In a glance

  • About 155,000 buildings were without power in the Republic of Ireland after Storm Isha
  • ESB Networks said work will continue throughout the day to restore power
  • An orange wind warning was issued for three counties on Tuesday as Met Éireann named Storm Jocelyn
  • Roads were closed due to fallen trees and debris
  • Trains were also delayed and a few flights were cancelled

More than 150,000 homes and businesses remain without power in the Republic of Ireland after Storm Isha.

A number of roads were closed across the country due to fallen trees and power lines, and some commuters faced travel disruption in the wake of the storm.

A yellow wind warning remains in effect in six provinces until 19:00 local time on Monday.

A separate yellow thunderstorm warning has been issued for County Donegal until 18:00 with warnings of hail and heavy rain leading to localized flooding.

Earlier, ESB Networks said that about 235,000 buildings were affected, and areas in the northwest of the country were the most affected.

This comes as strong winds are expected to blow again on Tuesday when Storm Jocelyn arrives.

Irish weather service Met Éireann has issued an orange weather warning for counties Donegal, Galway and Mayo, which will come into force at 18:00.

Brian Tapley, ESB's chief engineer, told Irish radio RTÉ that it would take “several days” to repair the storm.

“Isha is likely to be among the top five storms in terms of its impact on the grid over the past 10 years,” he said.

“The importance of the restoration efforts required here should not be underestimated.”

Mr Tapley added that technicians were out at first light to assess the damage and restore power where possible.

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In County Donegal, wind gusts of more than 80 mph (130 km/h) were recorded overnight.

Valentia Island, one of the most westerly points in Ireland, recorded wind gusts of 71 mph (115 km/h) while Cork Airport recorded 66 mph (107 km/h).

Dublin Fire Brigade said it saw a large number of calls on Sunday due to fallen trees and electricity poles.

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A yellow wind warning remains in effect in six provinces until 19:00

“Better picture” for flights

The effects of Storm Isha caused further travel disruption for many passengers.

Dublin Airport operator DAA said on Sunday that 166 flights had been canceled due to strong winds.

Operator Graeme McQueen said it had been a tough 24 hours.

However, “the picture was much better” on Monday morning as the wind direction changed, he told the BBC's Nolan programme.

“However, there is still some disruption, as many airlines had their planes out of position the day after yesterday.”

On Monday morning, about 29 flights were cancelled, but McQueen said he hoped there would be no more.

He added: “It will be a case of wait and see as to what will happen during the rest of the day.”

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A clock tower fell to the ground in Eyre Square in Galway on Sunday as the impact of Storm Isha was felt

Irish Rail said full services were currently running on all routes, but a small number were affected by the storm.

She added that delays are expected due to fallen trees, debris and flooding.

There are also severe delays on the Enterprise service between Dublin Connolly and Belfast.

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Storm was named Jocelyn

It will end at midnight on Wednesday in counties Galway and Mayo, and at 02:00 in Donegal.

Met Éireann has warned of large coastal waves and very difficult travel conditions as well as fallen trees and damage to power lines.

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Another yellow wind warning has been issued for the rest of the Republic of Ireland.

It will go into effect in seven provinces in the northwest and west of the country from 12:00 noon on Tuesday until early Wednesday morning.

The rest of the country will be under yellow alert from 17:00.

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