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Thursday 27 April 2017

Roof is blown on to pub as high winds batter city

Emergency crews work to make safe a roof after it was blown on to Matt The Thresher pub
Emergency crews work to make safe a roof after it was blown on to Matt The Thresher pub

A roof was ripped off a building and blown on to a pub as high winds whipped through Dublin city centre yesterday.

It was not the only damage in the capital as there were reports of fallen trees on the south side.

Photos show the roof structure on top of the Matt The Thresher pub on Lower Pembroke Street.

The business was temporarily shut due to the incident yesterday, with a sign on the door reading "building closed due to storm damage".

"I just heard a wicked gust of wind and an almighty crash," said one eyewitness.

"Some roof got ripped up and landed on top of Matt The Thresher."

Dublin Fire Brigade released an image of a motorist who had a lucky escape after a tree toppled on to their vehicle in Rathfarnham.

A status yellow weather warning was in place for the country yesterday, according to Met Eireann.

Forecasters had predicted a windy day with gusts of up to 100kph and spells of rain, expected to be heavy at times.

Motorists and householders have been warned about the risk of flooding in southern and eastern areas due to high spring tides. The greatest risk is in Cork today.

Blustery

Emergency crews work to make safe a roof after it was blown on to Matt The Thresher pub
Emergency crews work to make safe a roof after it was blown on to Matt The Thresher pub

With the blustery conditions set to continue, the RNLI and Coast Guard issued a warning for people in coastal areas to take care.

Gareth Morrison, RNLI community lifesaving delivery manager, said: "Irish weather can be unpredictable at the best of times, and our lifeboat crews have answered many call-outs where people have been caught out by the weather unexpectedly taking a turn for the worse.

"We urge everyone to respect the water at all times and to keep safe, and remind people not to underestimate the distance waves can travel up the beach or harbour wall.

"If you plan on going out walking after a storm or high winds, be very wary.

"Storms and high winds can change our landscape through coastal erosion, so pay attention to warning signs and don't leave designated paths to look over the edge of clifftops."

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