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Wednesday 22 January 2020

Motorists told to take care after storm lashes country

Waves lash the coast in Cork as Storm Atiyah hits
Waves lash the coast in Cork as Storm Atiyah hits

Dublin motorists are being urged to take care on roads after "extremely dangerous" gusts in excess of 130kph swept across the country last night.

The ferocious winds of Storm Atiyah whipped across the country yesterday evening, bringing disruption and hazardous conditions to thousands of people, particularly those affected by the status red warning in Co Kerry.

This warning was lifted by Met Eireann at 7pm last night, and the orange and yellow warnings for the rest of the country were set to be removed at 6am today.

While the worst of the storm is now over, AA Roadwatch is warning motorists that roads throughout the country could still be treacherous.

"The day after a storm like this, you can expect a lot of fallen debris, particularly around secondary and local roads," said Kieran Hanley of AA Roadwatch.

"Our advice would be to be extremely cautious and drive with extra care [today] no matter what part of the country you're in."

Hailstorm

Meanwhile, at least six vehicles were involved in two separate incidents on the M1 motorway during a sudden hailstorm yesterday morning.

Gardai confirmed that "nobody was seriously injured".

Due to severe weather warnings, a number of flights at Kerry, Cork and Shannon airports were cancelled.

Thousands of homes were also left without power. In Galway, an outage affected over 1,800 customers in Athenry, and some 150 customers in the Bantry area of west Cork were left without electricity.

Other ESB outages have been reported in Gurranebane and Dingle in Kerry.

Today will be mainly dry with sunshine developing, apart from in the north-west which will get patchy rain.

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