Checks for damage to property urged

Building owners in busy cities and towns have been urged to check their properties for storm damage and ensure that they are safe as the country braces for another battering tomorrow.

The warning came after two streets in one of Cork City’s busiest shopping precincts were closed overnight on public safety grounds after violent storm force winds loosened slates and gutters on several buildings on the Coal Quay, Castle St, and Liberty Street.

The fire service responded to reports of flying debris on Thursday night and after an initial inspection of the area, and following consultation with the gardaí, Castle St and Liberty St were closed.

Surveyors from the city council’s building control unit were on site early yesterday morning.

With assistance from the fire service, they inspected the roofs of several buildings and by mid-morning they were satisfied that the streets could re-open to the public.

However, senior executive engineer Joe Moynihan said that the buildings are only deemed safe at the time of inspection.

He said the high winds could have loosened slates and other materials that could be dislodged in the next severe weather event.

“It is ultimately the responsibility of building owners to ensure that their properties are safe,” he said.

ESB crews worked through the day to restore power to thousands of householders in Macroom, Mallow, Kanturk, Carrigaline.

In West Cork, Drimoleague and Dunmanway were worst hit with more than 1,000 homes and businesses without supply. High winds disrupted flights in and out of Cork Airport yesterday after several flights were diverted to Shannon on Thursday night.

Remedial repairs were carried out yesterday to part of the cardiac renal unit at Cork University Hospital after winds ripped cladding from the unoccupied building on Thursday night.

A large section of security hoarding around the O’Flynn Construction Tesco building site in the centre of Ballincollig was also destroyed during the storm.

A motorist had a lucky escape when his BMW overturned near the entrance to Inniscarra graveyard on Thursday night.

Crosshaven RNLI launched just after 2.30pm after reports that a yacht was drifting in Drake’s Pool after breaking free from its moorings. The lifeboat crew retrieved the vessel and secured it to another mooring.

There were dozens of reports of fallen trees and debris blocking roads, as well as spot flooding.


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