1,300 without power as three weather warnings issued for 12 counties

1,300 without power as three weather warnings issued for 12 counties

Three status yellow warnings have been issued for Sunday. Picture: Jacob King/PA Wire

This evening, 700 ESB customers are without electricity in Salthill, Co Galway as high winds take hold across the country.

A further 600 customers are without power in Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny.

Smaller pockets of customers have no electricity in parts of Connemara, Mayo and Kerry.

The ESB says its crews are mobilised and are working towards restoring power in the coming hours.

The power outages followed a thunderstorm warning which was in place in large parts of the country since 8.30am this morning.

Munster, Connacht and Donegal were subject to the warning which saw heavy showers and thunderstorms coupled with strong and gusty winds.

Spot flooding and slippery road conditions were reported in many areas as the wintery weather made its way across the country.

 Heavy rain and strong winds are expected to lash the west and south of the country on Sunday. Picture: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie
Heavy rain and strong winds are expected to lash the west and south of the country on Sunday. Picture: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Following on from today's adverse weather, Met Éireann has issued three warnings over the next two days.

The first warning will come into effect at 1pm on Sunday and will run until 10pm.

This status yellow rain and wind warning is for all of Munster and Connacht.

A spell of heavy rain has been forecast along with strengthening southeasterly winds.

When this warning has expired, another warning will come into place for Kerry and Limerick - a status yellow wind warning.

This warning will be in place from 10pm until 6am on Monday morning with the national forecaster predicting a very windy night for the two counties.

Winds will reach mean speeds of 50-65km/h with gusts reaching 90-110km/h.

Also at 10pm, a third warning will come into effect for counties Clare, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo.

The six counties can expect a very windy Sunday night and Monday morning while the status yellow wind warning is in place.

There will be further heavy showers accompanied by winds reaching an average speed of 50-65km/h with gusts reaching 90-110km/h.

This warning will be in place until midday on Monday.

As for tonight, showers will persist for a time with the potential for hail and thunder in some areas. These showers will become confined to the north and northwest overnight.

Lowest temperatures overnight are expected to be around 1C-5C.

Sunday morning will begin calm, bright and mostly dry before cloud builds from the south bringing heavy rain in the afternoon.

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