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A MAN faces the awe­some power of Storm Callum as it bar­relled into the West of Ire­land yes­ter­day.

Stand­ing de­fi­antly at Black­rock swim­ming tower in Salthill, Co Gal­way, he was lashed by mon­ster waves as the At­lantic storm pum­melled the coast.

Winds of more than 77mph roared, up­root­ing trees and leav­ing thou­sands of homes without power and flights grounded.

But weather ex­perts who met to as­sess the dam­age reckon we es­caped the worst of Callum’s might.

The source said: “It did not hit in all ar­eas as hard as it could have, re­sult­ing in min­i­mal dis­rup­tion.” Weather warn- ings were down­graded but se­vere con­di­tions con­tin­ued to cause havoc as they swept across the coun­try yes­ter­day.

The strong­est gusts were recorded at Bel­mul­let, Co Mayo, yes­ter­day morn­ing as the West felt the full force.

More than 60,000 homes and busi­nesses were left without power across the coun­try.

Sev­eral flights were can­celled out of Dublin and Belfast due to the storm, but air­ports were oth­er­wise op­er­at­ing as nor­mal.

An Orange Warn­ing had been in place for all coastal coun­ties across the Repub­lic and Met Eire­ann had ear­lier warned of po­ten­tial risk to life and prop­erty.

ESB re­ported mul­ti­ple faults, with coun­ties Cork, Kerry and Done­gal among the worst hit.

In a tweet the en­ergy com­pany urged peo­ple to be wary of fallen trees while downed power ca­bles also posed a risk.

The Na­tional Emer­gency Co­or­di­na­tion Group, chaired by John Barry, met in Dublin yes­ter­day morn­ing to as­sess how Callum had af­fected the


It later said in state­ment: “Storm

tracked as fore­cast by Met Eire­ann with the worst of the storm af­fect­ing the West coast and for­tu­nately did not hit in all ar­eas as hard as it could have, re­sult­ing in min­i­mal dis­rup­tion. Thanks to prepa­ra­tions by all agen­cies in­volved, coastal ar­eas were pro­tected from cer­tain flood­ing. “Gal­way in par­tic­u­lar was pro­tected by the aqua dam put in place. “As­sis­tance was also pro­vided by the De­fence Forces and the Civil De­fence through, among other mea­sures, fill­ing of sand­bags.

“ESB Net­works re­ports some dis­rup­tion to elec­tric­ity sup­ply na­tion­ally, with ap­prox­i­cal­lum mately 60,000 house­holds without power at one point.

“Some dis­rup­tion has been re­ported to trans­port in­fra­struc­ture.

“Work is on­go­ing to re­solve out­stand­ing is­sues.

“Even though the worst of the storm has passed, peo­ple should stay away from coastal ar­eas for the du­ra­tion of the Orange warn­ing.”

That warn­ing ex­pired at 5pm yes­ter­day.

It will be calmer af­ter the storm over the week­end – but the pub­lic was told to be braced for heavy rain to­day.

Met Eire­ann said the down­pours will ex­tend into the evening es­pe­cially in the North. How­ever, most places will be dry by to­mor­row.

The spokesman added: “Sun­day will be mostly dry to start with good sun­shine for the morn­ing and scat­tered show­ers de­vel­op­ing for the af­ter­noon.

“Tem­per­a­tures 11C or 12C with mainly mod­er­ate South-west winds fall­ing light southerly later.

“Low­est tem­per­a­tures Sun­day night about 5C or 6C.

“Mon­day is look­ing dry but there’s un­cer­tainty on this due to un­set­tled and mo­bile con­di­tions, so the tim­ing of the ar­rival of any rain may vary.”

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WEST­PORT Quay in Co Mayo threat­ened boats

Man swamped by wave at Black­rock ON THE STREET Nathan and Nikita

Coun­cil work­ers lay out sand­bags

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