Storm Gertrude brings 'hurricane gust' to Irish shores

Storm Gertrude has slammed into Ireland
Storm Gertrude has slammed into Ireland

Storm Gertrude battered Ireland overnight, with winds being clocked at 130kph.

The storm, which led to a Status Orange warning from Met Eireann, was as bad as forecast, with over 10,000 homes without power this morning.

A 70 knot gust was recorded at Malin Head this morning.

That, according to Siobhan Ryan of Met Eireann, is "at the higher end of the Orange spectrum. It's actually a hurricane gust at almost 130km."

The winds are to be at their strongest for the next few hours but the warnings are to ease later on this morning. However, it will remain windy for the day. Donegal, Sligo and Galway took the brunt of the storm force winds overnight.

Met Eireann Head of Forcasting Gerald Fleming said the winds will remain very high this morning as people make their way into work.

"We will have strong winds for the next couple of hours. People going to work, children going to school, people on bikes all need to be extra careful this morning. Motorists should be extra cautious of cyclists - keep well clear of them as a gust may come.

"In Dublin the wind can be very strong as it funnels down the Liffey. After 9am things will slowly begin to ease out and it will gradually get less windy.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) urged motorists to drive with extreme care given the potential force of the winds.

ESB have confirmed upwards of 10,000 homes are without power following the storm. Areas worst affected include Roscommon, Achill in Mayo, Bailieborough, Cavan and Kilcoole in Wicklow.

Speaking on Morning Ireland ESB spokesperson Bernardine Maloney of ESB said there were about 10,000 homes and business were without power this morning.

She said the worst affected areas were 2,500 in Mayo, 1,500 in Cavan, 3,500 in Donegal and 500 in Wicklow.

Some of those were faults and we expect to get them back by lunchtime today but some of them may take a little longer.

She said crews were not out repairing faults during the night as “a lot of these faults were only reported this morning”.