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Thousands without power as Storm Frank hits Ireland hard

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Nasa Image of Ireland covered by Storm Frank
Nasa Image of Ireland covered by Storm Frank
The River Slaney has flooded in Enniscorthy (Image via Damien Tiernan/@damienrte)
The River Slaney has flooded in Enniscorthy (Image via Damien [email protected])

THOUSANDS OF HOMES are without power, and several routes are now impassable after Storm Frank battered the country overnight, but there may be worse to come.

Over 3,5000 homes are without power this morning, according to the ESB..

All available crews are working this morning to return power to thousands of homes and businesses without electricity. Areas affected included Enniscorthy in Wexford, Tullow in Carlow and a number of locations dotted around the Western Seaboard.

A spokesperson for the ESB said high winds this morning may hamper work in getting people reconnected but all available crews were out working.

There are many traffic disruptions this morning as roads across the country are reported to be flooded.

For the full list of roads affected by the floods, check out AA Roadwatch.

Residents in the Shannon region, the south and southwest are on full alert as water continues to rise near homes and businesses.

Up to 70 mm of rainfall is expected to fall along the River Shannon catchment during Storm Frank.

The most severe part of the weather front - dubbed Storm Gertrude - is likely to cross the country between 6am and 11am this morning.

"The winds will get severe again in the morning, especially around the coasts and in the southwest," a forecaster told independent.ie.

"Storm Frank has peaked and the winds will ease a little bit during the night, but they'll come back with another trough."

A number of ferry sailings have also been affected, with cancellations overnight.