ESB crews are working today to restore power to several thousand customers as thunderstorms sweep across the country from the southwest.
SB Networks said the outages were “predominantly weather-related” and the extent of disruption so far has been “relatively modest and consistent” with previous yellow alerts.
“The biggest outages are in Salthill, Galway and the Kilbarry area of Cork City, with crews mobilized and expecting power to be restored in the coming hours. Real time updates are available on www.powercheck.ie and our crews will continue to respond to outages as they occur, as quickly and safely as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience,” said an ESB spokesman.
It comes as Met Éireann has issued a status yellow thunderstorm warning for Connacht, Munster and Co Donegal.
The alert began at 8.30am this morning and will remain in place until 9pm tonight.
“More heavy showers and thunderstorms, coupled with strong and gusty south-west winds and possible hailstorms,” Met Éireann said.
“Disruption is expected, including spot flooding and dangerous road conditions, particularly near the coast.”
After a dry start in many places, today will be a wet and stormy day, especially in the west, with thunderstorms and occasional flooding.
Met Éireann said frequent heavy and possibly thunderstorm hailstorms, mainly in the west this morning, will be widespread for the remainder of the day. With the heavy downpours, selective flooding is to be expected.
It will be cold and windy as fresh to strong and gusty southwest winds develop. The highest temperatures today are between 10 °C and 13 °C.
It will be windy early tonight with temporary showers and more heavy showers in some parts. It will become drier overnight as the showers become isolated. It will be a cold night with temperatures between 2°C and 6°C.
Tomorrow morning it starts calm, bright and mostly dry.
The forecaster said clouds will form from the south later in the day and will bring heavy rains in the afternoon and evening. Rain will reach the northeast in the evening. The highest temperatures are between 10 °C and 14 °C.
During the night of Sunday, the rain will decrease towards the north, followed by clear periods. Showers will continue in the west and northwest, with lows of 8C to 11C.
Met Éireann said Monday will be a dry day with sunshine and some showers in the north. The highest temperatures are between 13 °C and 16 °C.
Monday night will be cold, dry and mostly clear. Some fog and mist develops with lowest temperatures of 2°C to 6°C.
The forecaster said there will be plenty of dry weather with sunny spells in most parts on Tuesday, but becoming cloudier with light rain and drizzle in southern areas as the day progresses. Maximum temperatures of 13°C to 16°C are expected.
Tuesday night will be windy, mostly dry and clear with clouds, rain or drizzle in southern areas. The lowest temperatures range from 7 °C to 11 °C.
Wednesday will be mostly dry with sunny spells across the northern half of the country. Rain, heavy at times, will slowly push north from the southern area throughout the day, maximum temperatures of 10°C to 14°C.
“Uneasy late into the week, although current indications are that high pressure will build up for the weekend bringing mostly dry and calm weather,” Met Éireann said.
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