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Gardai at the scene of the fallen tree on Clonliffe Road

Gardai at the scene of the fallen tree on Clonliffe Road

Gardai at the scene of the fallen tree on Clonliffe Road

A woman was rushed to hospital yesterday after strong winds and gusts of up to 110kph toppled a tree that crushed her car.

The woman was left shocked but escaped serious injury when the tree, on Clonliffe Road, Drumcondra, was blown down at around 9am.

Local people said its roots had recently been exposed.

"A number of trees came down overnight throughout the city due to high winds," a spokesperson for Dublin City Council said.

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"One of them was on Clonliffe Road. As usual, any incident resulting from a fallen tree will be examined."

More than 12,000 ESB customers across the country - 700 in Dublin - were left without power as the conditions wreaked havoc.

Repair crews were aiming to restore electricity by yesterday evening to homes, businesses and farms that were left without power after high winds toppled trees and brought down power lines across the country.

A status yellow wind warning remained in place for most areas until 9pm yesterday.

"The damage is mainly attributed to trees, now in full leaf, causing damage in the high winds," ESB Networks said.

Met Eireann had warned that "unseasonably strong winds" would bring potentially damaging gusts of between 100kph and 110kph to some areas throughout the day.

Forecasters said detached branches from trees and unsecured outdoor items could prove hazardous.

Exposed mountains and hills and coastal areas were most at risk of being battered by the strongest gusts from the south-westerly winds.

In Galway, a chimney at the Old Connacht Laundry site on St Helen's Street collapsed, forcing the closure of the road for a time.

AA Roadwatch urged motorists to exercise extreme caution and added that "pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and high-sided vehicles are most likely to be blown off-course in high winds".

The blustery conditions are expected to continue for most of today.