140,000 are left without power by Storm Hector
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