Storm Barra: Thousands without power as many roads remain closed 

Storm Barra: Thousands without power as many roads remain closed 

Cork County Council and ESB employees help to clear the road and restore power in Timoleague, West Cork, after Storm Barra hit.

Motorists are advised to exercise caution on the roads today following Storm Barra while 30,000 homes, farms and businesses remain without electricity supply.

This morning, local authorities, businesses, and homeowners begin the clean-up after the Atlantic coast bore the brunt of the storm's rage with a number of road closures still in place.

Further strong winds overnight left 59,000 homes, farms and businesses without electricity supply this morning according to ESB Networks.

As of lunchtime today, more than 30,000 customers are without power. 

While poor weather conditions may hamper repair in some areas, ESB Networks said it is doing everything it can to restore power as many of these customers as possible by the end of today.

Due to the severity of the damage, some customers may be without power into tomorrow Thursday, it said.

"With Storm Barra subsiding, we urge everyone to remain alert to any damage to the electricity network while when out and about today.

"Assume any fallen wires are live and pose a risk to life. Stay safe, stay clear and report any damage to us immediately on 1800 372 999."

Road closures 

Cork: Cork County Council is reporting that there were no major incidents reported overnight, however, there have been over 100 reports of fallen trees or roads blocked or partially blocked by fallen trees.

There have also been reports of walls knocked and some property, roads, public light and footpath damage.

They are asking motorists to exercise extreme caution on the roads this morning.

The M8 also remains closed at Fermoy due to a collision that occurred yesterday. There are delays as a result.

Cork County Council has also developed a map detailing any road closures across the county.

A large Beech tree, infamously known as a 'widow maker' because of their destructive capabilities when they fall, lies accross the road at Dunloe Killarney during Storm Barra on Tuesday.
A large Beech tree, infamously known as a 'widow maker' because of their destructive capabilities when they fall, lies accross the road at Dunloe Killarney during Storm Barra on Tuesday.

Kerry: The Suspension Bridge in Kenmare remains closed until further notice as a result of flooding. Motorists are advised to avoid the area while crews are currently dealing with fallen trees on many routes.

As of 10:15am, Tralee-Castlemaine road reopened, Main Street Ballybunion reopened, Road at Rathass (UHK) reopened.

Ardea Road, Tuosist is blocked by a tree as is Eskine road, Blackwater.

Ladies View road is partially blocked by a tree and Tralee Town Park will remain closed today to facilitate the clearing of trees.

Earlier this morning, the Manor West Shopping Centre entrance was blocked by a fallen tree.

This morning Kerry County Council also advised that R555 road at Woodford, Listowel will be closed for several hours while a fallen tree is cleared.

Waterford: L5520 Green Road Ballybeg closed due to fallen tree.

L-2020 Bog Road, Clonderkin will remain closed until after 9.00am this morning due to a fallen tree. Motorists should use alternative routes.

Tipperary: Gardaí across the Tipperary Division are reporting no major issues on the roads this morning although caution is still advised as there may be wind-blown debris in places, according to Tipp FM.

Tens of thousands of homes and businesses also remain without power including over 400 in parts of Tipperary.

The majority of these are in the Cahir area where there are 325 customers are expected to be without supply until 9.30 tonight according to ESB Networks.

As of 9am, L-3308 Road closed between Kilcommon, Cahir and Tubrid due to fallen trees and Telegraph poles.

Just after 8am, L-6009 at Castlewaller, Carrowkeale and Derryleigh, Newport also closed. 

ESB Networks say crews are resuming work this morning to restore services.

Gardaí in Limerick and Clare have not been notified of any road closures as of yet.

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