Storm Callum

Live coverage of the aftermath of Storm Callum which has left 30,000 homes and firms without power

Ronan McGreevy Fri, Oct 12
LIVE: Storm Callum

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  • 05:50
    Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of Storm Callum which has swept over the country overnight. We will bring updates on any disruption to transport networks and flooding during the morning. You can contact me at or on Twitter @RMcGreevy1301 ‏. Stay safe out there.
  • 05:53
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  • 05:59
    If you need the help of the emergency services this morning here are some handy numbers
    General emergency 999/112
    ESB 1850 372 999
    Gas Networks 1850 20 50 50
    Irish Water 1850 278 278
  • 06:00
    Looks like there are a lot of power cuts around the country . . . we will bring you the details as we have them.
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  • 06:08

    Transport: We will bring you the details but a number of transport modes have been affected by the storm: No DARTs operating between Howth & Howth Jct at present. Rosslare services operating to & from Wicklow only due to a points failure. Efforts to source buses between Wicklow & City Centre have not been successful. A number of flights from Dublin 13 hours ago

    A number of Aer Lingus flights from Dublin this morning have been cancelled due to #StormCallum. Please check flight status before travelling to the airport.

    A number of ferry sailings have also been cancelled.

  • 06:26
    The following flights have been cancelled from Dublin Airport.
    Dublin to Amsterdam, Aer Lingus, 0615
    Dublin to Birmingham Aer Lingus 0630
    Dublin to London Heathrow Aer Lingus 0630
    Dublin to Manchester Aer Lingus 0630
    Dublin to Paris CDG Aer Lingus 0640
    Dublin to Brussels Aer Lingus 0650
    Dublin to Berlin Aer Lingus 0650
    Dublin to London Heathrow Aer Lingus 0705
    Dubln to Isle of Man Aer Lingus 0925

  • 06:27
  • 06:35
    Judging by ESB Networks latest map, the majority of outrages are clustered in the south and south-west.
  • 06:43
    Services have resumed between Howth and Howth Junction. Debris has been removed from the line at Bayside.
  • 06:46
    There are quite a few significant road closures, according to AA Roadwatch.
    CORK: The Cobh/Fota Rd (R624) is closed at Carrigaloe due to a mudslide.
    GALWAY: Grattan Rd in Salthill is closed between Mutton Island and The Promenade which is also closed between here and Blackrock.
    Lough Atalia Rd is closed from the College Rd jct to The Docks.
    There is no access to Eyre Square South, Victoria Place, Queen St and the Dock Rd.

    WATERFORD: The Promenade in Tramore has been closed as a precaution.
    TIPPERARY: A fallen tree is completely blocking the Clonmel Rd (R689) about 1.5km outside Killenaule.
    There is a tree partially blocking the Old N7 (R445) at the Yellow Bridge Pub halfway between Nenagh and Birdhill.
    MEATH: Gardai advise caution on the N51 between Navan and Slane due to fallen branches and debris.
    KILDARE: Gardai are dealing with a fallen tree outside Confey GAA Club (north of Leixlip). It's partially blocking the road at a bad bend so care is needed.
    WICKLOW: There is a fallen tree on the Red Cross Rd (R754) approx 1.5km outside Barndarrig.
  • 06:47
  • 07:02
    According to the website, the following flights to Dublin Airport have been cancelled

    London-LHR Aer Lingus EI149 12 Oct 08:00 Cancelled

    Kerry Aer Lingus EI3201 12 Oct 08:30 Cancelled

    Donegal Aer Lingus EI3401 12 Oct 08:50 Cancelled

    Manchester Aer Lingus EI203 12 Oct 09:05 Cancelled

    Birmingham Aer Lingus EI263 12 Oct 09:20 Cancelled

    Amsterdam Aer Lingus EI603 12 Oct 10:20 Cancelled

    Paris-CDG Aer Lingus EI521 12 Oct 11:05 Cancelled

    Brussels Aer Lingus EI631 12 Oct 11:10 Cancelled

    London-LGW Aer Lingus EI231 12 Oct 11:35 Cancelled

    Isle Of Man Aer Lingus EI3213 12 Oct 11:40 Cancelled

    Berlin Aer Lingus EI331 12 Oct 12:05 Cancelled

    Newquay Aer Lingus EI3931 12 Oct 14:25 Cancelled

    Donegal Aer Lingus EI3403 12 Oct 15:35 Cancelled
  • 07:04
    There is an "extremely large fault" in the Knocktopher, Paulstown and Kilkenny areas of County Kilkenny, according to ESB Networks.
  • 07:08
    Shannon Airport has issued the following statement:
    "Early morning flights into Shannon Airport are currently operating to, or ahead, of schedule. The first flight into the airport this morning, Aer Lingus EI110 from New York JFK, landing ahead of schedule at 05:32 am and Aer Lingus EI134 from Boston also landed ahead of schedule at 05:54 am.
    "There was only one flight disruption overnight due to Storm Callum which resulted in Ryanair FR 1349 from Fuerteventura diverting to Dublin and passengers and transferred by road to Shannon. This has resulted in Ryanair FR102 from Shannon to Stansted being delayed with current departure time expected at 10:50am.
    "As some passengers may experience delays to their schedule this morning, the airport continues to advise all intending passengers to check their flight status with their airline before travelling to the airport. The airport will continue to post updates on social media and their website."
  • 07:22
    Paul Hand from ESB Networks has just been on Morning Ireland to say that 30,000 homes are without power on Friday morning.
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  • 07:27
    Vivienne Clarke reports:
    Paul Hand of ESB Networks told RTE's Morning Ireland that it could by mid day before repair crews can commence restoring power.
    At present there are 30,000 homes and businesses without power, mainly in the South West in Cork and Kerry and also in localised pockets along the western seaboard.
    He said that he expects the numbers without power to increase as the morning goes on.
    Repair crews are on stand by and will commence repairs once it is safe to do so, following local risk assessment.

  • 08:00
    Met Éireann's latest observations record wind speeds of 60 knots (111 k/ph) at Belmullet, Co Mayo. Mace Head (59 knots) was not far behind.
  • 08:07
    There is going to be another spell of heavy rain on the south coast by midday, says Met Éireann forecaster Joanna Donnelly. It will spread through Munster and Leinster until mid-afternoon. There will be heavy rain in the south-west this evening. There will heavy rain in the south-east overnight spreading across the country.
  • 08:21
    Good news for Galwegians. There was fears that a high tide and storm swell would cause the River Corrib to break its banks in the city, but it passed at 8am this morning without any major incident.
  • 08:25
  • 08:37
    Olivia Kelleher reports from Cork:

    "Over 9,000 homes and businesses are without power in Cork this morning as the full impact of Storm Callum is felt.
    "Aidan Weir, Senior Engineer with Cork County Council, says it is difficult at this early stage to surmise the situation because the high winds are still on-going.
    "We haven't reached high tide levels yet along our southern coasts. We have had a busy night with our call out crews. We have had twenty five call outs most related to fallen trees. We have had an issue on the road in to Cobh where the road is partially closed due to a mud slide. An excavator is on the way to the scene and we expect the road to be fully reopened in the next hour or so."
  • 08:53
    Met Éireann is now reporting gusts of wind at Belmullet, Co Mayo of 67 knots (122 km/h). It seems the west coast is getting the worst of the storm. The highest values are at Mace Head, Co Galway (61 knots) and Newport, Co Mayo (58 knots).
  • 08:55
  • 08:56
    Lorna Siggins, our Western Correspondent, reports from Galway:
    "High tide in Galway city passed without major incident this morning as Storm Callum tracked northwards over the western seaboard.
    "The high spring tide at 7.47am caused some spot flooding of the river Corrib at Spanish Arch, and there was also some minor overtopping in Salthill.
    "However, Galway City Council acting director of services Gary McMahon said the temporary dam or "aquadam" at Spanish Arch worked well, and the local authority plans to re-open roads that had closed last night as a precaution."
  • 09:48
  • 09:52
    Met Éireann's latest weather warning is a Status Orange alert for Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Sligo issued at 9.32pm. South or southwest winds will continue to gust to between 100 and 130km/hr, with further infrastructural damage possible. There is the continued risk of coastal flooding due to high seas.
  • 10:57
    The Irish Times Western Correspondent Lorna Siggins writes:
    "In Mayo, some 600 homes are without power in the Ardnaree area of Ballina, and there are diversions in place due to fallen trees.
    "Roads affected by tree falls are Turlough road out of Castlebar, on the N58 between Foxford and Castlebar near Ballylahan bridge, in Lacken at the turnoff to Kilcummin, on the Kilmaine to Ballinrobe road.
    "The road is partially blocked between Kilkelly and Kiltimagh due to a tree fall."
  • 11:02
    That's a wrap from us. Further updates will be available on our news site here. Thanks for tuning in.