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130kph winds as Ciara batters city

  • Man escapes serious injury after being hit by falling tree

  • Storm causes havoc as cold snap set to follow

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A man braves crashing waves to take a photo while out walking during Storm Ciara at Shelly Banks, Dublin. Photo: Naoise Culhane

A man braves crashing waves to take a photo while out walking during Storm Ciara at Shelly Banks, Dublin. Photo: Naoise Culhane

A man braves crashing waves to take a photo while out walking during Storm Ciara at Shelly Banks, Dublin. Photo: Naoise Culhane

A pedestrian escaped serious injury after being struck by a falling tree in Crumlin at the height of Storm Ciara.

Dublin Fire Brigade units attended the scene on Saturday night and the man was rushed to hospital.

It was only one incident in a busy 48 hours for emergency services in the capital as Ciara wreaked havoc with winds gusting up to 130kph accompanied by torrential rainfall.

Firefighters also went to a number of properties in the north inner city where they had to pump out basements flooded from the sheer volume of rainwater.

Nearly 15,000 homes were left without power, with the worst-hit areas being Clare, Kerry, Galway and Waterford as the storm toppled trees and brought down power lines.

The ESB said repair crews were on standby but were only able to begin work when it was safe to do so. It hoped to have everyone reconnected by this morning.

Householders and commuters were warned by Met Eireann to brace for wintry conditions with snow, sleet and temperatures of -1C in the wake of Ciara.

Challenging

Motorists were advised by gardai and the Road Safety Authority to exercise caution as driving conditions, particularly during the morning commute, were expected to be challenging in many areas.

"Monday will be bitterly cold and very windy with a significant wind chill factor," Met Eireann said.

The highest temperature today will be 6C - six degrees colder than last week - with further showers of sleet and snow likely tonight and into tomorrow.

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Poolbeg Lighthouse takes a battering from Storm Ciara

Poolbeg Lighthouse takes a battering from Storm Ciara

The icy snap follows hard on the heels of Ciara, which brought dangerously high winds that caused chaos in coastal areas and parts of the south and west.

The storm also played havoc with sporting and cultural events, with Galway's Capital of Culture opening celebration cancelled.

All camogie matches were off, while a number of Lidl National Football League matches, including the Laois- Cavan game, were postponed.

The League of Ireland's President's Cup clash between Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers was also called off.

Racing at Punchestown was also postponed and rescheduled for tomorrow.

A status orange wind warning from Met Eireann remained in place until lunchtime yesterday, with driving conditions in some areas described as extremely hazardous.

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Firefighters administer first aid to a man hit by a tree in Crumlin

Firefighters administer first aid to a man hit by a tree in Crumlin

In some exposed coastal areas, gardai urged motorists to exercise extreme caution and only to undertake essential journeys.

A number of high-span bridges were closed amid safety fears, including the recently opened Rose Kennedy Fitzgerald Bridge which is part of the New Ross bypass. It is the country's highest and longest bridge.

The Blackwater Bridge on the Dublin-Cork motorway outside Fermoy was also hit by dangerous crosswinds.

Worst hit by the power cuts were coastal parts of Kerry, Ennis in Co Clare, Tramore in Co Waterford and Gort in Co Galway.

A number of lightning strikes were reported in Cork, though the county escaped the worst of the power disruption.

The greatest concern was focused on the threat of flooding. Heavy overnight rainfall resulted in spot flooding on roads in Roscommon, Waterford, Mayo, Kerry, Cork, Limerick, Dublin, Kildare and Sligo.

A number of roads were temporarily closed as a result.

Roads were also closed due to fallen trees, with council crews nationwide on high alert and prepared for removal works.

Members of the public were warned not to walk on sea walls or take photos in areas where waves were crashing ashore.

Irish Water Safety urged people to follow safety guidelines, while Met Eireann said the winds along coasts would be powerful enough "to pose a threat to both life and property".

Stormy seas caused the cancellation of ferries from Rosslare and Dublin and some flights from Dublin and Shannon were disrupted.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) advised the public for safety reasons against visiting a number locations "owing to the woodland nature of the sites".