Storm Hector waged war on Ireland last night, bringing with it gusts up to 125km/hr and spot flooding in coastal counties.
A Status Orange wind warning was put in place for Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Sligo as a result last night, with the rest of the country hit with a status yellow wind warning. Many roads in the Northwest of the country have been blocked with fallen debris and trees, causing significant delays. You can find out about which routes feature delays via the AA website here.
It has been reported that over 35,000 homes, farms, and businesses have been left without power today as a result of the storm, with ESB noting the damage was mainly caused by fallen trees on power lines.
The worst affected counties were Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Cavan and Galway, with ESB noting that efforts are being made by their crews who are mobilized and working towards restoring power to all impacted homes and businesses over the course of the day. You can get updates on power outages and restoration times here.
ESB have relayed this important safety message to all those traveling on roads today.
“If you come across fallen wires or damaged electricity network, never, ever touch or approach these as they are LIVE and extremely dangerous. Please report any damage to electricity infrastructure by calling 1850 372 999.”, it reads.