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Friday 20 September 2019

Hannah bypasses Dublin as West bears the brunt

Some of the damage in Kerry
Some of the damage in Kerry

The capital will be spared the worst of the devastating storm that began sweeping across the south and west last night and is forecast to continue over the weekend.

Despite Status Red, Orange and Yellow wind warnings in much of the country, Dublin was forecast to get just windy conditions overnight and early this morning, according to Met Eireann forecaster Joan Blackburn.

"Dublin and north Leinster will escape the worst of winds by far. But it will still be windy overnight and very blustery today," she said.

The capital was to suffer heavy rain overnight that will taper off to showers and sun by this afternoon, she said.

However it will be cold, with highs of just 9-10C today before warming up to the mid-teens tomorrow, she said.

Benign

The relatively benign forecast comes as more than 3,000 people in Kerry lost power yesterday afternoon, as Storm Hannah swept across Ireland's south west with violent wind gusts expected to reach 150kph.

Both Clare and Kerry were the focus of Status Red alerts, the highest possible level of weather warning, from 8pm yesterday.

Major disruption was expected to power grids and travel networks as the storm swept over Ireland.

Flights have been cancelled at Kerry, Cork and Shannon Airports and people were advised to stay indoors and avoid all non-essential travel in Kerry and Clare.

Thousands were without power in Gurranebane and Kenmare, Co Kerry, but it was expected to be restored by last night.

All ferry services in counties Kerry, Clare and Cork were cancelled.

A number of major tourist attractions closed early across the west and mid-west as a safety precaution.

The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience closed from 3pm yesterday and will only reopen this morning pending safety checks.

Fota Wildlife Park in Cork also closed early yesterday while major sporting events were postponed in west Cork, Kerry and Clare.

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