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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Status orange wind warning: Around 4,000 homes without electricity

Traffic en route through snow,sleet and fog on Glenshane Pass between Derry/Belfast. Photo: North West weather
Traffic en route through snow,sleet and fog on Glenshane Pass between Derry/Belfast. Photo: North West weather

A status orange wind warning remains in place for Atlantic counties this morning.

Met Eireann’s warning will remain in effect for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick until 10am today.

Extremely windy weather hit the country on Sunday and will continue into this morning.

Southwesterly winds will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80km/h and give gusts of over 110 km/h. Gusts to 130 km/h., are possible at times, in some exposed coastal and hilly areas. There will be high seas and some high tides and coastal flooding is possible.

Meanwhile, a less severe yellow wind warning is in effect for Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Roscommon, Tipperary and Waterford

Around 4,000 customers are currently without electricity.

Homes in Dublin, Limerick and Kerry have mainly been affected by the power outages.

Gusts that have lashed the country over the past 48 hours will finally begin to abate by late morning today - but the winter chill isn't over yet.

Some minor floods at The Quay near Westport in Co Mayo caused traffic disruption yesterday and diversions were put in place.

High swells, combined with the high tides at around 8.30am, caused water to breach the sea wall but these reduced again later.

In Co Clare, council crews were out early yesterday, clearing shingle debris from the roads that had been washed in from the sea.

In Westmeath and Galway, falling debris on the N6 were causing disruption to traffic flow last night.

Snow and ice caused travel misery for commuters across Cork and Limerick.

Even after the powerful winds pass, squally showers of sleet and snow will hit parts of the country.

"The worst will be over by late morning," said Met Éireann's Deirdre Lowe.

"There are still some very squally showers around the country and these will continue for a while but the winds will abate during the morning and the showers will turn back to rain."

More to follow.

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