Thousands without power as Storm Clodagh passes over Ireland

Thousands without power as Storm Clodagh passes over Ireland

Thousands are without power as Clodagh, the third named storm of the extended winter season, is set to bring wind gusts of up to 130 kilometres per hour.

Around 6,000 properties are now thought to be without electricity.

ESB Networks are in the process of restoring power to affected homes around the country.

Spokeswoman, Bernadine Moloney said that the situation is improving as the winds begin to ease off.

"Some of the areas still without power are areas north of Dublin in Kildare and Meath.

"We hope to have power restored to all homes by this evening," she said.

Overnight the worst affected areas were Youghal, Co Cork and Randalstown, Co Meath where 1700 customers were without power.

Drivers are being urged to exercise extreme caution on the roads today as winds of up to 130kmh and heavy rain are set to batter the country.

A Status Orange wind warning is in place until 3pm, as southwesterly winds are expected to reach speeds of 60 to 80kmh, with gusts of between 100 and 130kmh. An orange gale warning is also in place for all coastal areas with gales reaching storm force 10.

The warning is the second highest level of alert, which means the winds could have a significant impact.

Brian Farrell, spokesman for the Road Safety Authority, said drivers should be on the lookout for debris blowing onto roads while motorcyclists and cyclists should take extra precautions to avoid being blown over or into traffic.

Rain was already causing a lot of spot flooding in parts of Cork, Galway and Sligo yesterday and surface water was reported on the M50. Mr Farrell urged drivers to be aware of the dangers of driving through flooded areas which can be treacherous and cause extensive damage to engines.

"Observe all flood warnings and don't risk driving through flooded areas, you could cause thousands of euros in damage to your car if it gets flooded," he said.

Drivers should also slow down to avoid aquaplaning which occurs when a layer of water comes between the road and tyres, resulting in a loss of traction.

"It's like driving on ice. The tyres have no grip so if you drive too fast you'll aquaplane," he said.

Meanwhile, conditions will remain bleak for the rest of the weekend and into next week, according to Met Eireann.

Heavy rain will gradually clear eastward today but there will also be a risk of heavy scattered showers and gale force southwest to westerly winds that will veer northwest later today before slackening by this evening.