Yesterday saw well over 20 livestock marts shut their doors, in preparation for Hurricane Ophelia.
It was reported to be one of the worst storms for over 40 years, with the last storm of this magnitude resulting in the death of 15 people. Over 20 marts across the country closed their doors yesterday, with some remaining closed this morning as a precaution.
Among the marts closed were marts in Cork and Clare, Tuam, Kilkenny mart, Granard, Tullamore and many more. A total of 8 marts were shut in the Connacht region.
Many farms across the country have reported widespread structural damage and power outages. Some farms reported to have lost the roofs of their sheds during yesterday’s storm, though no injuries have yet been reported.
There are yet to be any reports of livestock lost to yesterday’s storm. We will keep you updated as it happens.
Meanwhile a reported 245,00 ESB customers are said to be without power this morning. They warned customers that it could take up to 10 days to have all power returned. Since yesterday over 140,000 customers have had their power returned.
Reports today also show that over 360,000 people have been left without water, due to a burst water mains. It is not yet known when water supplies will return.
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