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Storm Rachel: 10 flights diverted from airport

Rachel Flaherty Wed, Jan 14
 
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  • 06:19
    Good morning and welcome to today's weather blog with Rachel Flaherty. Since I share a name with Storm Rachel, I've been specifically tasked with keeping you up to date with all the latest weather developments. If you have any comments or suggestions you can tweet me @RachelFl
  • 06:29
    Latest from ESB networks:
    At present, we estimate that 15,000 customers are without power in the following areas – Donegal, Cork, Killarney, Galway/Athlone, Tullow and Wexford.

    If you have no supply you can call the emergency phone line that is open 24 hours on 1850372999
  • 06:31
    Met Eireann has forecast the storm is due to increase in severity from now until 9.00am this morning.
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    Department of Education has advised schools in the red alert area to close. We will update you on names as we find out.
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    Irish Ferries has cancelled sailings between Dublin and Holyhead this morning. See see full updates on all their sailings go to http://www.irishferries.com...
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    ESB Networks:
    Conditions on the ground are challenging with strong winds and rain hampering restoration and making conditions unsafe for our technicians.
    Safety message
    If you come across fallen wires or damaged electricity network, do not touch or approach these as they are live and extremely dangerous. Please report any damage to electricity infrastructure by calling 1850 372 999.
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    The worst is yet to come...

    Gerald Fleming, head of forecasting with Met Eireann:   “In the next three to four hours those storms will strengthen and move inland. We will see very heavy and violent showers work their way across the country."

    http://www.irishtimes.com/n...

     

  • 08:37

    Flights are currently running on time at Ireland West Airport.


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    Winds are strengthening at Malin Head, Co Donegal.


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    Lorna Siggins is reporting the latest from Galway and Mayo:

    Violent south-westerlies battered the west coast throughout the night, with reports of fallen trees,   spot flooding and some structural damage in parts of counties Galway and Mayo.
      Many primary schools have opted to close completely in both city and county areas, along with secondary schools in Kinvara, Oughterard and Headford, while several Galway city secondary schools have opted to open after midday.

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    Ryanair has delays.


  • 09:24

    The major and severe weather warning will remain in place until 2pm today.


    Red alert
    A wind warning for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick until 2pm. Mean speeds in excess of 80 km/h with gusts of 130 to 150km/h possible.

    Orange alert
    A wind Warning for Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Roscommon, Tipperary and Waterford is in place until 5pm today. Southerly winds will reach mean speeds of 90 km/h and gusts of up to 130 km/h are possible, highest in exposed areas. Winds will veer westerly later.

    Yellow alert
    A rain warning for Connacht, Donegal, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick is in place until 6pm today. Rainfall totals of 25- 35mm are expected.


     

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  • 10:04
    Regional round-up: west coast worst affected by Storm Rachel. From Irish Times reporters around Ireland
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  • 10:14

    Not going to happen Jimmy!


  • 10:20

    ESB networks: about 17,000 people remain without power with over 280 individual faults.  

    One large fault in Donegal is affecting 10,000 customers in Glenties and Derrybeg .

    In the remainder of the country, Galway and the  South West have 2,500 customers without power with other smaller pockets of faults across the country.

    5,000 people have had their power restored.

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  • 10:55

    Good news for Limerick. Red alert has been downgraded to orange. However, people will still have to deal with wheelie bin havoc.

     


  • 11:09
    A new space weather forecaster called 'Flarecast' will be launched today. Astrophysicists from Trinity College Dublin are among a group of leading scientists awarded €2.5 million by the European Commission to study the origins of solar storms and build a highly accurate solar storm forecasting service for Europe.
    A new space weather forecaster called "Flarecast" will be launched today. Astrophysicists from Trinity College Dublin are among a group of leading scientists awarded €2.5 million by the European Commission to study the origins of solar storms and build a highly accurate solar storm forecasting service for Europe.
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  • 11:38

    Cork update from Olivia Kelleher:

     About 350 ESB customers in Cork remain without power down from a high of 1,600 earlier today.

    220 people are without electricity in Goleen, Beara and Durrus with 50 customers losing power in Ballingeary and Dunmanway in west Cork.

     Customers are also without electricity in isolated pockets in Glanmire and Riverstown in Cork.   A thunder and lightning warning remains in place in Cork until 4pm today.

     Earlier this morning, householders in the Well Road and Centre Park road area of the city had their power reconnected after losing it overnight.

    It is thought residents could wait up until 6pm tonight to have their power restored. Coastal areas have been worst hit with school closures also in effect in parts of the county.  

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    Storm force winds over the country at 11.30am today from the <a href='http://earth.nullschool.net' target='_blank' >earth.nullschool.net</a>
    Storm force winds over the country at 11.30am today from the earth.nullschool.net
  • 11:55
    Galway update:

    About 800 homes on the rim of Galway bay extending from Kinvara in the south to Roundstone in the north have lost power as the storm continues.

    Ferry and air services to the Aran islands have been cancelled,   and ferry links to other islands have also been suspended with sea swells of up to 14 metres

  • 11:58
    Great photograph of Mace Head.
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    ESB network update: 16,000 customers have no power. 10,000 of these customers are affected by the HV fault in Donegal

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    Eircom update:

    About 10,000 homes are without fixed line phone and broadband services.

    There are about 45 mobile sites off-air in Donegal, Mayo, Sligo and Galway, due to power outages or antennae misalignment.

    Eircom say they are co-ordinating closely with the ESB to ensure that in cases where power supply is impacting service, telecommunications services can be restored as quickly as possible

    Faults can be reported by calling 1901

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  • 14:01
    Met Eireann has now removed the red alert status. Orange warning is still in place until 6pm today.
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  • 14:35
    The ESB has said 16,000 homes are still without power this afternoon with customers in Donegal, Cork, Killarney, Galway/Athlone, Tullow and Wexford the worst affected.
  • 14:48
    There are brave men and women out there working to restore power for us. Here, a picture taken by Reuters photographer Cathal McNaughton, shows a  workman repairing cables today in the village of Castlerock (which is near Coleraine).
    There are brave men and women out there working to restore power for us. Here, a picture taken by Reuters photographer Cathal McNaughton, shows a  workman repairing cables today in the village of Castlerock (which is near Coleraine).
  • 14:55
    Eh, what is going on here? Passengers trying to go from Birmingham to Dublin are now in Shannon. Well, they're a little bit closer I suppose.
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    Okay, perhaps it's time for an update on where we stand with electricity supply.

    ESB Networks say there are now 6,500 customers without electricity.

    5,000 are in just two counties:
    3,000 in Donegal,
    2,000 in Monaghan.

    There are also 400 without electricity in Galway and 300 in Wexford.

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    This is important, so read it twice.

    If you come across fallen wires or damaged electricity network, never, ever touch or approach these as they are LIVE and extremely dangerous.


    Please report any damage to electricity infrastructure by calling 1850 372 999.



  • 15:12

    Remember that guy, Ruairi McSorley, who became an internet hit last night after UTV interviewed him about the freezing weather.

     

    Well the Derry teenager with the brilliant accent has been interview again.


    We know, we know . . . in weather like this, we're easily distracted.

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    ESB crews are out working to restore supply to customers affected, but they say they still expect the number without electricity to rise before it begins to fall.

    Customers without power can check for updates on when their fault is expected to be repaired at: www.esbpowercheck.ie, via Twitter at @ESBNetworks or telephone 1850 372 999.

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    Dreaming of this later this evening?<br /><br />
    Dreaming of this later this evening?

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  • 15:29

    Good news from Clare, via AA RoadWatch. . .

    A fuel spill on the M18/N18 Galway/Limerick Road (south bound between J9 Shannon & J8 Ballycasey) has been dealt with.

  • 15:34

    Seen as we're talking about the weather, this is one of my favourite clips.


    Favourite as in, I feel seasick just watching it.


    Cannot imagine actually been on the ship.

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    It ain't over, till it's over . . .



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    Flights over our little island at the moment . . .  <br />  
    Flights over our little island at the moment . . .  
     
  • 15:48
    <p>Nice day for a round of golf, eh?</p>
<p>This was taken at the Old course in Portstewart today by AP's Peter Morrison.</p>

    Nice day for a round of golf, eh?

    This was taken at the Old course in Portstewart today by AP's Peter Morrison.

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    That's it from the Live Blog for today.


    Here's the main weather story that we'll keep updated with the latest weather-related news.

     


    Whatever you do, take care out there.