Battered but not bowed as major cleanups follow wind and flooding

A major cleanup is taking place today after unsettled weather conditions across the country that have resulted in local flooding and some power outages.

et Éireann’s national wind warning Status Yellow expired at 9pm last night as strong winds, heavy rain and local flooding battered the country.

The national forecaster also issued a separate status yellow sea storm warning from Hook Head through Mizen Head to Slyne Head, effective from 6am to 11pm tonight. The wind sometimes reaches gale force eight or a strong gale force nine.

Yesterday a farmer described “tornado-like” conditions in parts of Co Wexford causing damage in some areas.

The strong gusts of wind tore galvanized steel sheets from some farmhouses and uprooted several trees.

Speaking to South East Radio yesterday afternoon, Willie John Kehoe said the damage occurred in the Foulksmills and Clongeen area.

“A lot of damage was done here in the afternoon, it looks like a tornado got through.

“It leveled the whole yard, here’s a big old house, and I think there’s a couple of houses damaged a few houses down the road,” he said.

“Other sheds have been hit, it’s in a row about 100 meters wide and it’s just pure destruction all the way.

“I got a call from a cousin of mine here who is a farmer in his backyard and he said you have to see it to believe it and there is no more galvanized sheeting on the new shed. Everything in the old part of the yard has been leveled, the garden walls have been leveled, big trees that have been there for hundreds of years are just completely, completely not there.”

Local district councils urged people across the country to be vigilant as there were multiple reports of downed trees and debris that had blocked many pathways.

People have also been warned to avoid travel during the storm unless absolutely necessary and to stay away from coastal areas.

Parts of Cork, Wicklow, Galway and other coastal areas experienced serious patchy flooding as sustained rain and high winds hit.

Met Éireann said conditions will remain unsettled in the coming days and into the weekend, particularly in the west.

Isolated bursts of thunderstorm rain will move in across the country today with localized hail and lightning.

It will be a cool day with maximum temperatures between 9°C and 12°C.

Friday will be the driest day of the week nationwide with only isolated rain showers and good sunshine, becoming cloudy from the west later in the day.

It will be a mild day with low temperatures between 8°C and 11°C.

On Saturday any persistent overnight rain will dissipate quickly with sunny spells and scattered showers mostly affecting the west.

Looking ahead to Sunday, brisk southwest winds will bring scattered heavy showers that will thunder across Atlantic counties. Battered but not bowed as major cleanups follow wind and flooding

Fry Electronics Team

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