Storm Ophelia aftermath

Full coverage of clean up efforts and updates on transport and closures

Rachel Flaherty, Sorcha Pollak Tue, Oct 17
 
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  • 06:10
    Good morning. We'll be following the aftermath of Hurricane Ophelia this morning, with the country facing days of “catch-up” as schools, hospitals, roads, electricity networks and other key public infrastructure are cleared of debris or repaired
  • 06:14
    There will be no Red or Green Line services on the Luas this morning after the company said a technical room was damaged on Monday. There will be further updates following a meeting at noon and Luas tickets will be accepted on Dublin Bus services
  • 06:16
  • 06:19
    Dublin Bus has said all of its services are operating this morning as per the normal schedule.
  • 06:22
    Iarnród Éireann has said all Intercity, Commuter and DART services expected to operate with minor delays, service alterations and capacity reductions.

    There have been some cancellations:

    Tuesday's 05:50hrs Cork to Dublin Heuston service has been cancelled; the 06:15hrs Cork to Dublin Heuston will additionally serve Mallow, Charleville and Limerick Junction.

    The Limerick to Balybrophy via Nenagh services cancelled. Bus substitution in place.

    The 09:45hrs Westport to Dublin Heuston service has been cancelled.
  • 06:27
  • 06:28
    The following rail services are running at reduced capacity:

    -05:30hrs Limerick to Dublin
    -05:30hrs Galway to Dublin
    -06:30hrs Galway to Dublin
    -06:40hrs Limerick to Dublin
    -06:30hrs Galway to Dublin
    -07:40hrs Limerick to Dublin
  • 06:36
    The latest ESB figures indicated that 295,000 customers across the country remained without power as of Monday night.
  • 06:41
    A new figure from ESB this morning revises the number to 245,000 without power, in what it described as an "unprecedented" issue, with outages topping numbers set by Storm Darwin in 2014
  • 06:46
    At the peak of the electricity issues yesterday, 385,000 were without power and 140,000 customers have had power restored since 2pm yesterday. ESB says most customers will have powered restored in 3 to 4 days and crews have been requested from Scotland and Northern Ireland to assist in repairs
  • 06:46
  • 06:51
    Cork Airport is preparing to resume normal operations today, albeit with some delays. Knock airport will be open and operating as normal, but passengers are advised to check with their airlines for the latest information.
  • 06:51
    Dublin Airport will be open for flight operations and passengers are advised to check with their airline for latest flight updates before coming to the airport.
  • 06:55
    Ophelia caused widespread disruption on the country’s roads, with fallen trees making many impassable. For a full list of closures, check here.
  • 07:07


  • 07:12

    The National Emergency Coordination Group will meet again this morning at 10am to collate and assess damage reports from across the country following Storm Ophelia

  • 07:17

    Latest on road closures in Dublin:


    Tom Clarke Bridge is open at present but strong winds remain in the area.

    The Turvey Rd is completely blocked heading into Donabate due to a fallen tree.

    Glenamuck Rd, Cabinteely closed between Enniskerry Rd and Tig Mo Croi due to fallen tree.

    Brennanstown Rd in Cabinteely is blocked by fallen trees.

    Ulverton Rd is also closed because of a fallen tree.

    There is a fallen tree blocking the Naul Rd (R108) outside Swords at Knocksedan. Gardai say power lines down and outages reported around Swords.

    There are no further reports of fallen trees on Collins Ave between Swords Rd and Ballymun Rd jcts.

    A fallen tree is blocking Northwood Ave at its jct with Swords Rd.

    Reports of a fallen tree on Cappagh Rd on the Ballycoolin side of Kilshane Cross. Traffic is down to one lane.

    There are reports of debris and fallen trees on Milltown Rd with Dartry Rd reportedly blocked at Highfield Rd jct.

    There is a fallen tree on Glenageary Rd near the Marine Rd jct.

    The Lucan Rd (R148) outside Leixlip is blocked at Salmon Leap due to a fallen tree.

     

    Updates on road closures nationwide here.

  • 07:22

    Latest on rail services:

    Almost all Intercity, Dart and commuter rail services are running with the exceptions detailed below. There are Intercity delays up to 15 minutes as debris removed.

     

     


  • 07:29

    No water for thousands

    Irish Water is warning that about 360,000 people could be without water if power is not restored to 92 schemes around the country.
    The loss of power is causing problems at pumping and treatment plants and there is also the prospect of burst pipes once damage has been assessed.
    The majority of problems for Irish Water are in counties Cork, Kerry, Wexford, Waterford, Galway, Leitrim, Westmeath and Cavan.
    Some schemes are operating at present with generators, but this is just a short term option, a spokeswoman told RTÉ's Morning Ireland.
    Meanwhile, tankers are being put in place to provide water supplies where necessary.
    There have been no reports as of yet of problems with sewerage, although six treatment plants are without power, three of which are relying on generators.
    Boil water notices will be issued by hand if necessary, the spokeswoman said.

  • 07:46

    Red alert justified

     

    A Met Éireann spokeswoman said   yesterday's red alert, the highest weather warning there is, was fully justified and warranted.
    Meterologist Siobhán Ryan said declaring the red alert had been a serious decision.
    "It's not just about getting the forecast right, it is also an issue of erring on the side of caution," she said.
    Ms Ryan told RTÉ's Morning Ireland the highest winds yesterday were at Roches Point with 84 knots (156km/h) with winds of between 50 and 60 knots elsewhere around the country.
    She said that the description “unprecedented” was accurate and she was hopeful that there would not be another hurricane for 50 years:
    "But with climate change, who knows?" she said.

  • 07:59

    It looks like more stormy weather is on the way...


  • 08:15

    Defence Forces assisting clean-up

    Minister for Environment said private and air corps helicopters would be assisting the ESB today to assess damage and the Defence Forces would help in removing trees and “move things along”.
    "Need to take action to reduce emissions so we don't see more things like this again"

  • 08:19
    Bus Éireann latest
    All services operating apart from some delays in Co Donegal due to road conditions.
    In Co Cork there have been a lot of fallen trees so some routes have diversions in place. Route 223, 233 and 240 will not operate between some stops. Check www.buseireann.ie for full details
  • 08:33

    Photos and video of extensive damage at Douglas Community School in Co Cork

     


     


  • 08:36


  • 08:49

    Fines for people swimming in the sea during weather warnings?

     Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said he, personally, was furious at reports of people swimming and walking on piers during Storm Ophelia yesterday.
    “The idea of people putting their own lives at risk and tying up the emergency services makes me furious,” he said.  .
    Mr Murphy said he did not know what the legal situation was for dealing with such people, but he was in favour of some sort of sanction.“You have to make sure you can have a co-ordinated approach and that people understand that putting other people’s lives at risk is not on.”

    When asked on Newstalk Breakfast if he would consider financial penalties, he said he would be happy to consider that.
    The Minister also defended the decision to have schools around the country remain closed for a second day.
    There had been some criticism that schools in Dublin could have re-opened today.
    “We had to make a judgment call. We had to put child safety first. We had to wait for inspections. Schools need to be inspected for safety.

    “Safety was foremost in our minds. We knew we were dealing with something unprecedented. A lot of people heeded the advice. It is tragic that three people died.
    “It could have been worse.” – Vivienne Clarke







  • 09:03

    Update for Cork

    About 88,000 customers remain without power in Cork city and county 17,000 customers affected in the city and suburbs, 40,000 customers affected in Bandon and West Cork and 31,000 customers affected in Fermoy and North Cork, ESB Networks south divisional manager Denis Cambridge said this morning.

  • 09:34

    Luas latest

    The Luas will remain out of action until at least midday after a control room was damaged in the storm. A meeting will be held at 12 noon to see when services will return.

  • 09:43
    <p>A mobile home in a caravan park in Tiknock, Arklow, Co Wicklow, which was destroyed by Storm Ophelia on Monday.   Photographer: Yvette O'Beirne</p>

    A mobile home in a caravan park in Tiknock, Arklow, Co Wicklow, which was destroyed by Storm Ophelia on Monday.   Photographer: Yvette O'Beirne

  • 09:51

    A person narrowly avoided being hit by this window yesterday

     


  • 09:54

    Another near miss... video of a falling tree narrowly missing cameraman

     


  • 10:04

    Tragically, three people died during Storm Ophelia yesterday


    • The first fatality was Clare O’Neill (58), a nurse from near Aglish, Co Waterford. The branch of a tree fell on her car and crashed through the windscreen at about 11.40am on the R671 road between the villages of Clashmore and Aglish.  Ms O’Neill’s mother, who is in her 70s, was a passenger in the car. The incident happened less than a kilometre from Ms O’Neill’s home, 2km from Aglish.

    • Michael Pyke (31) was killed when he was using a chainsaw to clear a fallen tree between Ardfinnan and Cahir in south Tipperary at about 12.30pm.
      It is believed he went to cut up a tree that had fallen on a road about 3km from his home, between Ballylooby and Cahir, but was injured by a falling branch.
    • The third victim of the storm has been named locally as Fintan Goss. A married man and father of two young children from Ravensdale, Co Louth, it is understood he was heading home from work early because of the storm. His car was struck by a falling tree at Ravensdale on the old Dublin to Belfast main road at about 2.45pm.



     


  • 10:12

    A group of pheasants taking cover from Storm Ophelia yesterday


  • 10:15

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  • 10:24

    Emergency group are meeting right now


  • 10:25

    Be careful!


  • 10:32

    Storm Brian is on the way for this weekend

    Potential for new storm to trigger second warning this week as it moves over Ireland

    Met Éireann forecasters have said a second storm on Saturday has the potential to trigger a status yellow weather warning and will bring rainfall and heavy winds.

    Storm Brian is expected to hit Ireland or pass close by on late Friday and Saturday and a smaller bad patch of weather will cross Ireland on Thursday.

    John Eagleton, meteorologist at Met Éireann, said he would not be too concerned with Thursday’s bad weather, which is unlikely to develop into a storm classification.

    Mr Eagleton said it is predicted to affect the south of Ireland, but may affect other parts of the country. “There will be a bit of wind and rain,” he said.

    On Saturday, however, there is potential for the stronger Storm Brian to move over Ireland, which may trigger a status yellow weather warning, he said.

    Full story from Jack Power and Vivienne Clarke here

  • 10:49

    Emergency calls for Leinster up by 222 yesterday


  • 11:01

    Water update

    Crisis co-ordinator with Irish Water Catherine Walsh said tankers are being deployed to areas without water supply.
    She said the worst affected counties are Cork, Kerry, Wexford, Waterford, Leitrim as well as parts of Westmeath and Cavan.
    Ms Walsh said a further 92 schemes are at risk and warned the number of households without water could rise, before the situation improved.
    Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Ms Walsh said dozens of generators were working around the country to try and provide an ongoing supply of water.

  • 11:09

    'People were taking their lives into their own hands'

    Minister of State at the Department of Defence Paul Kehoe he had no doubt that had the red alert and warnings not been given that there would have been more fatalities.

    Mr Kehoe said it had been “absolutely ludicrous, stupid and totally inappropriate” that people had gone swimming, walking on piers and wind surfing during the storm despite the warnings.

    “A Garda in Galway tried to stop those people going out in Salthill, but they didn’t heed his advice. Had they gotten into trouble the emergency services would have been called,” he said.

    “People were taking their lives into their own hands.”

    Mr Kehoe defended the decision not to mobilise the Defence Forces yesterday during Storm Ophelia.

    “No member of the Defence Forces could stop the wind, but they could help with the clean up and that’s what they’re doing today,” he told RTÉ’s Today with Sean O’Rourke show.

    “It would have been unfair to tell people to stay indoors and be safe and then to call out the Defence Forces. Our main priority was safety.”

    Mr Kehoe said the army assisted the HSE in Kerry to transport HSE staff to and from work yesterday evening.

    He urged local authorities to request assistance to get roads clear. The Defence forces engineering corps are equipped and trained for the task, he said.

    Mr Kehoe paid tribute to the volunteers, Civil Defence, Red Cross, Coast Guard and all the emergency services “who go out in all weathers to recue others.”

  • 11:27
    Workmen survey the damage to the roof of Turners Cross stadium after it was blown off in high winds during Storm Ophelia. PhotographL Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty
    Workmen survey the damage to the roof of Turners Cross stadium after it was blown off in high winds during Storm Ophelia. PhotographL Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty
  • 11:30

  • 11:35

    Freya McClements reporting from Derry

     

    Work is continuing in Derry to clear debris from roads following Storm Ophelia.  

    In Derry, the City the Peace Bridge remains closed.  

    The Foyle Bridge has been reopened to all vehicles but 48km/h speed limit is in place.    

    In Magherafelt the Annaghmore Road is closed because of a fallen tree, and the Toberhead Road is closed because of a fallen electricity pole and cables.    

    The North's Department of Infrastructure has advised road users to travel only if essential, and to remain cautious and vigilant until all roads can be cleared of debris.    

    "Be aware that further tree falls are possible and that trees and debris on roads is likely until later on Tuesday," a spokesman said.  

    About 100 customers are without electricity in the Tobermore, Swatragh and Castledawson areas of County Derry.    

  • 11:39

  • 11:57

    Dublin Zoo closed today

     


  • 12:01

    Weather is looking good today


  • 12:04

    The skies in the UK were looking pretty yellow


  • 12:13
    People walking on Dollymount Strand in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Jimmy D'Arcy
    People walking on Dollymount Strand in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Jimmy D'Arcy
  • 12:16

    Derry update

    The Peace Bridge is now open


  • 12:28

    Dara Fitzpatrick’s sister criticises ‘idiots’ ignoring storm warning

    The sister of Rescue 116 crew member Dara Fitzpatrick has said she was “disgusted” at “reckless idiots” who put emergency crew members at risk during Storm Ophelia on Monday.

    Despite the red weather warning in place across the entire country, members of the public were pictured wind surfing, swimming and sailing.

    In a post on Twitter, Niamh Fitzpatrick wrote: “Re those reckless idiots, now I think that even if it was their mother/sister/brother/father in rescue crew it mightn’t stop them. Disgusted.”

    The crew of Rescue 116 - Capt Dara Fitzpatrick (45), Mark Duffy (51), Paul Ormsby (53) and Ciaran smith (38), died after their helicopter crashed at Blackrock Island, 13km west of north Co Mayo last March.

    Ms Fitzpatrick also backed calls on social media for anyone putting the lives of emergency service personnel in danger by engaging in “knowingly reckless behaviour” to be charged with endangerment.

    “Please heed the warnings and do not put the lives of emergency services personnel at risk unnecessarily. Stay in for just one day.”

     

    Full story here

  • 12:31

    Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard said it had to deal with two incidents during Storm Ophelia, including two seven-year-olds entering water at Seapoint with flippers on Monday afternoon and a man who was believed to be about to enter the sea at Killiney Beach

  • 12:33

    Breaking news on the Luas

    Luas service will not resume on the red and green lines today.


    Luas services will resume tomorrow morning at 5.30am.

  • 12:45

    Luas update

    No Luas services will run today and will return on Wednesday at 5.30am.

     Hurricane Ophelia damaged the roof on the Luas  Red Cow depot yesterday at about 2pm.  

     The roof is being repaired today but the firm contracted to repair the roof have estimated it will take the whole day.

    The section of roof damaged is over what is known as the technical rooms.

    Within those rooms are Luas systems. Those systems assist with overhead power and the AVLS, which is the automatic vehicle location system.  

    These are necessary to run the Luas operation, which is why the tram services cannot return today.

  • 12:50

    Statement from Eir


    Eir now estimates that about 150,000 customers are without broadband, telephone and mobile services as a result of Storm Ophelia.
    The storm has delivered unprecedented and widespread levels of damage to eir’s infrastructure, including damage to poles and cables. While damage has been sustained throughout the country, the southwest and midlands are the worst affected areas and in particular Cork county.

    Current fault levels for specific counties include:

    County                                             Total
    CORK                                                 51,000
    WEXFORD                                 10,000
    LIMERICK                                   9,000
    TIPPERARY                             9,000
    GALWAY                                       6,000
    KILDARE                                       3,000
    KILKENNY                                   2,000
    KERRY                                             2,000
    WATERFORD                       2,000
    WICKLOW                                   2,000

  • 13:10

    In other news...

    World Cup playoff-off: Ireland will play Denmark

  • 13:14

    Back to the storm aftermath...

     


  • 13:29

    Water problem growing
    About 80,000 households are without water with the number “rapidly rising” and 216,000 homes and businesses remain without power after Storm Ophelia brought down trees and power lines across the country.
    Jerry Grant of lrish Water told RTÉ that 80,000 households were without water and that the number was "rising rapidly".
    He said the number would continue to rise over the next hour.
    He said the worst affected areas were from Wexford to Skibbereen in west Cork, including Wexford town, Enniscorthy, New Ross, Castlecomer, Bennetsbridge, Cobh, Youghal and Fermoy, with difficulties also in Bandon.
    He appealed for people to conserve water.

  • 13:40

    Video of clean up in Galway


  • 13:43

    Met Éireann meterologist Joanna Donnelly gets a very sweet thank you letter


  • 13:47

    In case you missed it...

    Former US president Bill Clinton was exploring the almost empty streets of Dublin during Storm Ophelia yesterday

     


  • 13:55
    Updates on parks
    • Knocksink Wood in Wicklow closed
    • Some tracks in Wicklow mountains and park closed with signage
    • Grantstown Wood in Laois closed
    • Ballykeeffe wood in Kilkenny - some tracks closed with signage
  • 14:00

    Blood donations needed

    The IBTS has called for additional blood donations in Dublin to offset the shortfall in supply following the cancellation of all clinics yesterday.  

    "Cancellation of blood donation clinics yesterday has led to a shortfall of approximately 500 donations. Clinics are back to normal today with the exception of today's scheduled clinic in Donegal town which is cancelled, but we will be back in Donegal tomorrow and Thursday," operations director Paul McKinney said.

    “Donors are advised to ring 1850 731137 to book appointments for this week and next week for D’Olier Street and Stillorgan."

    Additional clinics have also been organised for Sunday, October 22nd in Dunboyne, Celbridge and Galway.

  • 14:06

    Irish Defence Forces helping with the clean up


  • 14:15

    Apocalypse wow: Saharan dust and Iberian fires turn European skies red

    Storm Ophelia left a distinctive red imprint on skylines across western Europe even as it headed north along the west coast of Ireland.

    The hurricane, whose impact stretched over a vast area, whipped up sands from the Sahara desert and particles from wildfires in Spain and Portugal into the upper atmosphere. This darkened skies beyond its immediate path and gave them a distinctive pale red colour.

    The sun shone red and the sky darkened to a foreboding orange and brown in many areas. Social media users shared pictures of ominous-looking clouds blocking out the sun, prompting London’s Science Museum to joke on Twitter: “It’s not the apocalypse!”

    The strange reddish sky reported over parts of the United Kingdom may have appeared to some as a sign of impending apocalypse or a celestial Instagram filter, but it was a dust phenomenon and became a gigantic filter that reduced sunlight.

    The effort was most dramatic in the London region but was seen from along the eastern coast of Ireland, Met Éireann forecaster Harm Luijkx confirmed.

    “Ophelia originated in the Azores, where it was a hurricane, and as it tracked its way northwards it dragged in tropical air from the Sahara,” BBC weather presenter Simon King explained in trying to reassure viewers.
    Full story here

     

  • 14:16

  • 14:22
    Update on electricity in Northern Ireland
    More than 50,000 customers have been restored to power following the impact of Storm Ophelia and NIE Networks emergency crews are currently restoring electricity supplies to 3,000 homes and businesses.
  • 14:27
    Latest weather outlook from Met Éireann for the next few days

    Cool, changeable and unsettled in an Atlantic flow. Areas of low pressure will occasionally feed in spells of wet and windy weather.
  • 14:34

    Strong words from the chairman of the National Emergency Coordination Group...

    'I deplore people who put lives of public sector workers at risk'

    Speaking about people who went into the water yesterday during Storm Ophelia, Sean Hogan, chairman of the National Emergency Coordination Group said “I deplore people who put lives of public sector workers at risk with some of their actions, I think they need to have a strong look at themselves.”

  • 14:44

    Keep clear of fallen power lines



  • 14:45

    Roads in Co Louth


  • 14:58

    'It is always possible to learn lessons'

    The Cabinet has decided to carry out a full evaluation of the State’s response to Storm Ophelia, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil today.
    He said it would be done when the clean-up was completed and power and water were restored to everyone in the country.
    “I think it is always possible to learn lessons and always possible to strengthen your response to a national emergency,’’ he said.
    He said local authorities would receive additional resources to assist in the clean-up.

    (Michael O'Regan reports from the Dáil)

  • 15:00

    'Lives needlessly put at risk'

    Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said those who disobeyed safety warnings had put themselves and the lives of the emergency services at risk.
    Mr Varadkar said it was the worst storm to hit Ireland in 50 years or more and it was the first time to have a national alert.
    Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin urged the Taoiseach to work with other parties to make it an offence to disobey safety warnings in midst of a major weather event.
    He said there was considerable anger on Monday that the lives were put needlessly at risk by the reckless activity of some people.
    Sympathy was expressed with the relatives of those who lost their lives and tributes were paid to the work of the various emergency services and volunteers.

    (Michael O'Regan reports from the Dáil)

  • 15:01

    'Near misses'

    Derek Hynes, operations manager at ESB, said they have had a number of reports where emergency response staff and electricity repair crews have had “near misses” with live electrical wires in the aftermath of the storm.

  • 15:03

    :)

     


  • 15:05

    The next emergency meeting is at 5pm

     


  • 15:06

  • 15:14

    HSE mid west is back to full service


  • 15:26

    Summary

    • About 216,000 homes and businesses are still without power.
    • Counties Tipperary and Kerry have been worst affected and it may be early next week before power is fully restored.
    • Irish Water have said there are currently 80,000 homes without water and the number is “rising rapidly”.
    • A spokeswoman for the Department of Education said most schools will open tomorrow but a small number of schools have reported damage from the storm and some of these may not open.
    • About 150,000 Eir customers have no service.
    • Health services are returning over the next few days, however some disruption and delays are likely
    • Insurance Ireland has today issued a statement which clarifies matters regarding possible insurance claims. The full statement is here
    • Tributes have been paid to the three people killed in Storm Ophelia by the President, Taoiseach and people across the country.
  • 15:47
    From the Department of Education
    Schools, VTOS and Youthreach centres will reopen tomorrow and school transport will be back in operation, subject to any damages experienced at a local level.
    For phone queries the number to contact is 057-9325379/5414.
  • 16:15
    Sorcha Pollak here taking over the live blog coverage of the aftermath of Storm Ophelia. If you have any photos, videos or updates on your local area tweet @sorchapollak or get in touch at spollak@irishtimes.com
  • 16:30

     Restoring water to customers

    • The latest from Irish Water is there are 69,000 customers with no water supply at present. This number is down from the peak of 109,000.
    • Cork and Waterford are the counties worst affected by water outages.
    • Customers relying on water storage has dropped by 260,000 to just over 100,000 people.
    • Irish Water says it’s confident the number of households without water will continue to fall “significantly” in the coming hours.
    • Some 16 generators have been installed at drinking water plants to support the demands of those plants without power. Irish Water says a further 23 generators are en route to help restore supplies to the 64,000 customers in the most impacted areas.
    • An estimated 30 wastewater treatment plants are still without power nationally.  
  • 16:39

    Rehab centres to reopen on Wednesday

    All RehabCare and National Learning Network will reopen on Wednesday, October 18th.  

  • 16:40
  • 16:45

    Good news for the bewildered tourists who were spotted from this office wandering aimlessly around the deserted streets of Dublin yesterday...  

  • 16:46
  • 16:48

    A video overview from the UK Met Office on Ophelia's path across Ireland and the UK yesterday

  • 17:06
    Speaking in Sydney, President Michael D Higgins has offered his condolences to the families of the three people who were killed by Storm Ophelia. He also commended ESB and electricity networks employees for working hard to restore power to households across Ireland.  
  • 17:21

    All customers expected to have power back in 3-4 days

    • Power has been restored to more than half of the homes and businesses that lost electricity during Storm Ophelia, according to the ESB. In their latest update, the network said their crews had restored power 216,000 customers around Ireland since yesterday. They said the remaining 169,000 customers will have their power restored in 3-4 days.
    • Customers in the Northwest and Dublin will have full power restored by Tuesday evening, however serious damage remains in the south and southwest.
    • ESB crews are also making significant progress in counties Laois, Kerry, Galway, Clare and Westmeath.
    • Some 100,000 customers in Cork and Kerry have had their power restored.
    • A total of 385,000 customers were left without power at the height of Monday’s storm.
    • ESB say they will have estimated restoration times for customers still without power by Wednesday morning and that networks will contact vulnerable customers with no electricity on Tuesday evening.  
  • 17:35

    Luas storm damage

    A Transdev spokeswoman has told RTÉ Radio that a gust of wind hit the roof of the Red Cow Luas depot yesterday.   She said they are working hard to deal with the wind damage to the technical rooms and roof.

    The technical rooms are where overhead power lines  are managed from and automatic vehicle location systems  are  located.

    Luas services are still scheduled to resume from 5.30am on Wednesday.  

  • 17:37
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  • 18:10

    Latest from National Emergency Coordination Group meeting

    • Sean Hogan, chairman of the National Emergency Coordination Group, said the number of customers without electricity has been reduced by 216,000 on Tuesday, a drop of over 60 per cent on peak numbers. “Those who are without electricity can be assured that ESB Networks are working in a planned and methodical way to reduce this figure on a daily basis, while they are also prioritising people with medical needs and critical infrastructure including water supply,” he said.
    • People with no water supply is down from peak 109,000 to 66,000.
    • Thousands of fallen trees have been cleared and all public transport, bar the Luas, is up and running.
    • Outdoor crews have been removing trees around the country. All national routes are now clear with the focus switching to regional and local routes. People are reminded to continue to take care when driving because of possible debris on the roads.
    • Health services will gradually return to normal over the next few days however some disruption is likely. Patients can expect some delays in their appointments and discharges from hospitals. It’s expected emergency departments and GP clinics will be very busy over the coming days.
    • Schools, VTOs and Youthreach centres will re-open tomorrow and school transport will be back in operation, subject to damage at local areas.
    • ESB has deployed 2,500 staff in the recovery effort and crews from the UK and France are due to arrive in Ireland to assist with restoring power.
    • ESB Networks will publish electricity restoration times for all customers still without power on its PowerCheck app on Wednesday morning. It will also make efforts on Tuesday evening to contact vulnerable customers.
    • The Defence Forces have deployed personnel, two helicopters and a water tanker as part of the national response to the storm damage.
    • Householders worried about their home insurance coverage should check the full extent of their policies and contact their insurer or broker for more information.  
  • 18:13
  • 18:15
    Generous offer from the Radisson Blu in Cork  
  • 19:00

    More updates from the latest National Emergency Coordination Group meeting...

    • ESB Networks has said there are still “several thousand” locations around Ireland that pose “potential public safety risks” due to fallen wires, particularly dangerous for first responders and local authority staff.
    • Irish Water is liaising with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Inland Fisheries to monitor the flow of wastewater into some rivers due to power cuts. A spokesman has said five or six of its larger schemes were out of action during the day. While Skibbereen and Nenagh are now live again, Macroom, Mitchelstown and Bantry in Cork are not. There are about 30 smaller waste water treatment plants where there is no power supply and where treatment is “partial”.
  • 19:06

    Call for farmers to make generators available  

    Glanbia Ireland has called on farmers in areas that have not been badly affected by Storm Ophelia to make their generators available to dairy farmers in the worst affected regions.

    Some 500 Glanbia farms were seriously affected by the storm and have been left without power.

    Glanbia Ireland Chairman Henry Corbally warned that there was a “severe shortage of suitable generators” available in Waterford, Kilkenny, Cork and Tipperary. He asked that those with suitable mobile generators contact their local Glanbia Ireland representative immediately, saying herds on farms without generators “required milking urgently”.

    The full list of Farm Development Managers and their contact details are available on www.glanbiaconnect.com

  • 19:08
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    Tributes paid to those killed during Storm Ophelia

    Were it not for the imminent arrival of Storm Ophelia on Monday, Michael Pyke (31) would have left for work at his usual time of 4.30am, from Ardfinnan in Co Tipperary to Dublin to continue the final year of his apprenticeship as an electrician.

    Instead, his partner Nollaig, father Tony and 10 brothers and sisters have been left “devastated” after Michael stayed at home and died while cutting timber as the storm neared its peak.

    He had driven on the “back road” to Cahir on Monday to get some fuel for his car and, on the way back at about 12.30pm, came across some fallen tree boughs on the road, which had not been there previously. “He started cutting them, but another one came down on top of him,” said his father Tony. “I’d say it caught him completely unawares, with the noise of the wind and the whole lot.”

    (Conor Kane reporting from Tipperary)

    Read more about Michael and his family’s tributes to the “gentle giant”

  • 19:34

    It seems Ophelia isn't finished yet. Images taken today in the Hebrides islands off the west coast of Scotland.  

  • 19:42

    Taoiseach says ignoring severe weather warnings could be made criminal offence

    Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he will consider making it a criminal offence to ignore severe weather warnings as some people - such as those who went swimming in Galway - did during Storm Ophelia.  

    "I think it is something that merits consideration," the Taoiseach said. "People who disobeyed the red alert and travel warnings yesterday didn't just put themselves at risk they also put at risk the lives of other people, particularly our emergency services. But I would never rush into creating a new crime. I think it is something that we will have to consider.

    "It was suggested today in the Dáil that we would look at it on an all party basis and that's what I'd like to do."

    The Taoiseach also said the cost of the clean up and repairs from the storm will not be enough to qualify for solidarity funding from the European Union. He said the overall cost of cleaning up after the storm, and for some repair works, may not be as high as had been initially feared.  

    When asked if the Government had a rough idea of the cost, Mr Varadkar said: "We honestly don't know yet."

    (Fiach Kelly, Political Correspondent)

  • 19:50

    The sister of Rescue 116 crew member Dara Fitzpatrick has said she was “disgusted” at “reckless idiots” who put emergency crew members at risk during Storm Ophelia on Monday.

    Despite the red weather warning in place across the entire country, members of the public were pictured wind surfing, swimming and sailing.  

    Ms Fitzpatrick also backed calls on social media for anyone putting the lives of emergency service personnel in danger by engaging in “knowingly reckless behaviour” to be charged with endangerment.

    “Please heed the warnings and do not put the lives of emergency services personnel at risk unnecessarily. Stay in for just one day,” she said on Monday.  

  • 20:07

    School holidays ‘unlikely’ to be cut to make up for Storm Ophelia closures

    Schools are unlikely to be required to cut short their holidays to make up for lost time as a result of closures linked to Storm Ophelia, according to senior sources.

    Minister for Education Richard Bruton has said the Department of Education will “take stock” and issue guidance after consultation with school management bodies.

    However, sources who will be involved in these discussions say it is highly unlikely schools will be required to open for extra days due to provisions set out in an official circular which offers guidance on unforeseen school closures.

    Read more on how schools were affected by Storm Ophelia

  • 20:30

    Inis Meáin left in darkness

    It’s believed one of the Aran Islands may have been left in complete darkness following Storm Ophelia. Some 153 homes and businesses on Inis Meáin remained without power on Tuesday, according to the ESB PowerCheck website. There are 183 people currently living on the island based on data from the 2016 Census results.

    We’d like to know how people living on other islands fared during yesterday’s storm. Do you live on the islands off Cork, Kerry, Mayo, Galway or Donegal and have any photos or videos of yesterday’s weather? Get in touch at spollak@irishtimes.com or tweet @sorchapollak  

  • 20:38
    We have no footage from Inis Meáin (which has been left in darkness) but here's a video of the damage Storm Ophelia caused on Cape Clear island which lies 45 minutes off the coast of West Cork
  • 20:44

    Power restored to two-thirds of customers

    Power has been restored to two-thirds of customers who lost electricity during storm Ophelia, ESB networks has said.

    Some 248,000 customers have their electricity back while crews are working to restore power to the remaining 137,000 customers. ESB has said it expects all homes and businesses to have power restored within 3-4 days.

    People still without electricity are advised to check the Powercheck app on Wednesday morning for updates on likely restoration times.  

  • 20:50

    Luas services set to resume this evening

    Luas Red and Green Line services are set to resume this evening following a test of the track and technical systems. Luas posted on its website at 8.40pm on Tuesday that passenger services had resumed after a test of the line and the decision had been made to re-open services ahead of the publicised opening time.

    Luas said there would be no change to last tram departure times or frequency and that Luas services would recommence at 5.30am on Wednesday.  

  • 20:55

    Water restored to more homes

    The number of customers without water has dropped to 48,000, down from the peak of 109,000 following Storm Ophelia.  

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  • 21:10

    Tributes to those killed during Storm Ophelia

    Claire O’Neill should have been celebrating her 59th birthday on Tuesday. The mother of one, a nurse from near Aglish, Co Waterford died when the branch of a tree fell on her car and crashed through the windscreen at about 2km from her home in Aglish.

    Ms O’Neill was originally from Co Cork and she had worked as an oncology nurse for more than 30 years. She recently worked with Cork ARC cancer support service, based in Youghal.

    Ms O’Neill’s mother, who is in her 70s, was a passenger in the car. One local described her as a “jolly” and “very helpful” woman.

    Fintan Goss (33) was the third person to die during Storm Ophelia on Monday. The father-of-two was a short drive from his home in Ballymakellet, Ravensdale in Co Louth when it appears a tree fell and struck the back of his care.

    Mr Goss and his wife Pamela had recently welcomed their son Henry to their family; they also have a young daughter Laragh.

    “It was a freak thing, he wouldn’t have seen it at all,” said one garda. The Goss family are well known in local political and sporting circles. His brother Colin was a local election candidate for the party in Louth in 2014 and also a well known GAA player.

    Read more about tributes to the three people who lost their lives in Monday’s storm

  • 21:15

    Interesting article on why Storm Ophelia headed northeast towards Ireland instead of taking the usual route west to the Caribbean, Mexico and the US.  

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  • 21:51

    Power restored to nearly all homes in Northern Ireland

    NIE Networks has said they will continue working through Tuesday night to restore power to the approx 1,200 customers in Northern Ireland still without power. More than 52,000 customers have had their electricity restored since Storm Ophelia hit the North yesterday.

  • 22:04

    Latest updates in the aftermath of Storm Ophelia

    • The Cabinet discussed the fallout from the storm for an hour at its meeting on Tuesday. Ministers agreed that further support would be made available to local authorities to deal with the costs of the cleanup operation. However, there is no indication of the total costs of the operation at this stage.

    • Power has been restored to two-thirds of customers who lost electricity during storm Ophelia, ESB networks has said. Some 248,000 customers have their electricity back while crews are working to restore power to the remaining 137,000 customers. ESB has said it expects all homes and businesses to have power restored within 3-4 days.

    • The number of customers without water has dropped to 48,000, down from the peak of 109,000 following Ophelia.
    • Outdoor crews have been removing fallen trees around the country. All national routes are now clear with the focus switching to regional and local routes. People are reminded to continue to take care when driving because of possible debris on the roads.
    • Luas services on the Red Line and Green Line have resumed in Dublin
    • All schools, VTOs and Youthreach centres will re-open tomorrow and school transport will be back in operation, subject to damage at local areas.
    • Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he will consider making it a criminal offence to ignore severe weather warnings as some people - such as those who went swimming in Galway - did during Storm Ophelia.  
    • Glanbia Ireland has called on farmers in areas that have not been badly affected by Storm Ophelia to make their generators available to dairy farmers in the worst affected regions.
    • Health services will gradually return to normal over the next few days however some disruption is likely. Patients can expect some delays in their appointments and discharges from hospitals. It’s expected emergency departments and GP clinics will be very busy over the coming days.