140,000 are left with­out power by Storm Hec­tor

Irish Independent - - News - Sor­cha O’Con­nor

SOME of the strong­est gusts of wind ever recorded in Ire­land in June left 140,000 homes, farms and busi­nesses with­out power.

Storm Hec­tor saw strong winds of 80kmh-110kmh bat­ter the coast, up­root trees and cause havoc for fam­i­lies and busi­nesses.

Coun­ties bear­ing the brunt of the bad weather were Gal­way, Mayo, Sligo and Done­gal, as well as Ca­van and Mon­aghan.

Dam­age was caused by fallen trees on over­head lines, and the ESB and coun­cils worked around the clock to clear de­bris.

De­spite ex­tra crew mem­bers be­ing drafted to ar­eas worst af­fected, 5,000 homes re­mained with­out power yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

The high­est gust of 61 knots was recorded at Mace Head in Co Gal­way, ac­cord­ing to Met Éire­ann.

In Water­ville Co Kerry, the strength of the winds man­aged to blow a yacht on­shore as the ves­sel broke its moor­ing dur­ing the night. No one was on board at the time.

North of the Bor­der, more than 23,000 suf­fered dis­rupted elec­tric­ity sup­ply as a re­sult of the storm.

The strong­est wind in the North was recorded off Or­lock Head in Co Down, mea­sur­ing 74mph (119kph).

Met Éire­ann is­sued two weather warn­ings ahead of Storm Hec­tor.

Thank­fully, the wind will die down to­day and over the course of the week­end.

Met Éire­ann fore­caster Aoife Mur­ray said the weather will re­main change­able in the com­ing days.

“It is def­i­nitely calmer now af­ter the storm,” she said.

“The weather will be gen­er­ally un­set­tled over the week­end, and a dry spell like we have had doesn’t look to be on the cards – it is go­ing to be a bit more change­able,” said Ms Mur­ray.

Per­sis­tent rain is ex­pected to con­tinue in the west to­day, al­though Ms Mur­ray said it

was un­likely that spot or flash flood­ing would oc­cur.

“The rain will be quite heavy on Friday, but it shouldn’t be heavy enough to cause flood­ing – it doesn’t look too threat­en­ing,” she told the Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent.

Thun­dery con­di­tions will also de­velop on Saturday as show­ers are set to con­tinue, par­tic­u­larly in Ul­ster.

It will be cool with tem­per­a­tures rang­ing from 14 to 17 de­grees.

Sunday will prove to be warmer; start­ing off dry in the east with some sunny spells.

Some out­breaks of rain will de­velop in the west and grad­u­ally spread east­wards.

High­est tem­per­a­tures will mea­sure be­tween 15 to 19 de­grees.

Monday will start off mostly cloudy with out­breaks of rain.

This will clear with sunny spells and some scat­tered show­ers in the af­ter­noon.

As the clean-up con­tin­ued yes­ter­day evening, ESB warned the gen­eral pub­lic to “re­main alert to any haz­ards”.

The net­work also ad­vised any­one who comes across fallen wires or dam­aged elec­tric­ity net­work not to ap­proach as they are live and ex­tremely dan­ger­ous.

Dublin City Coun­cil work­ers move a tree felled by the high winds on Clogher Road, Crum­lin

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