Storm Imogen wreaks blackout havoc

Thousands of households hit by the latest storm system have had their electricity restored in the South and West of the country but a number still remain without power as weather warnings remain in place in many areas.
Storm Imogen wreaks blackout havoc

Near-hurricane winds caused a widespread blackout in parts of counties Kerry, Cork, and Limerick with more than 3,000 households and businesses affected.

Most roads blocked by debris and fallen trees were also reopened as the worst of Storm Imogen passed but motorists are being warned to take extra care and maintain safe stopping distances due to the continuing wet and windy conditions.

The Road Safety Authority has warned all road users to continue to exercise caution and to be aware of fallen debris.

In Killarney, Co Kerry, 1,700 homes and businesses were affected with a similar number in Cork. Two major faults in Castletownbere and Kanturk left 1,500 homes and businesses without electricity but power was later restored to most premises.

A Met Éireann status yellow wind warning for Kilkenny, Wexford, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, and Waterford remained in place last night while in Tramore, Co Waterford, Imogen brought extremely high waves and winds of up to 140km/h an hour.

The storm brought down trees and debris throughout Kerry — including large quantities of general election posters. Gusts of up to 130km/h an hour battered much of the county.

Roads near Killarney were badly affected. Kenmare saw trees down and in West Kerry the road near Dún an Óir in Ballyferriter was blocked for a time.

Three houses were flooded in the Corbally area of Limerick City and four were hit by high water in Askeaton.

Storm Imogen batters the coastline at Gearhies on the Sheep’s Head Way, Bantry Bay, Cork. Picture: Tony McElhinney/Provision
Storm Imogen batters the coastline at Gearhies on the Sheep’s Head Way, Bantry Bay, Cork. Picture: Tony McElhinney/Provision

Army personnel from Sarsfield Barracks had to ferry people living in St Mary’s Park after the estate was cut off by flood waters. Many children could not get to school. Corbally was badly affected and three houses at Mill Rd were flooded. A further eight were saved from flooding after teams from Limerick City and County Council activated pumps.

In Limerick City, flooding occurred at Long Pavement, Condell Rd, St Mary’s Park, Corbally Rd, O’Dywer’s Villas in Thomondgate, Verdant Place, O’Callaghan Strand, Clancy Strand, Merchant’s Quay, and George’s Quay. Three homes were flooded at the river end of the Mill Rd in Corbally.

Flooding also occurred along the Shannon Estuary at Glin, Askeaton, and Foynes as a result of a high tide of 5.2m accompanied by a higher-than-forecast storm surge of 1.5m.

Tonnes of boulders and stones were washed up onto roads and property across Co Clare. Roads and hundreds of acres of farmland were left under a metre of water with areas cut off by storms in 2014 suffering the same fate again.

Homes were again cut off, with waters likely to take several days to recede.

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