There is a lot of reports surfacing today of the extensive damage caused by yesterday’s Storm Ophelia.
The South, West and Southwest of the country were the worst affected, though most counties have reported damage of some sorts. See the below the county by county damage report, as reported by the Irish Times.
The eye of the storm hit county Kerry yesterday afternoon between 2pm and 3pm. This resulted in the felling of hundreds of trees across the county, with spot flooding also reported. Flooding remains in many area across the county, with many roads still littered with fences and fallen branches. Thousands of homes remain without power, mainly in the Rathmore and Glencar valley areas. The worst of the winds hit coastal town Kenmare.
Cork was another county to take the blunt force of storm Ophelia, with a lot of structural damage reported. Part of one of the stands at Cork City football stadium, Turners Cross, collapsed during the storm. While the roof of a school sports hall in Douglas was removed by the gale force winds.
In the rest of the county there are reports of many fallen trees dotting the roads and powerlines having fallen. Emergency staff of Cork City Council will begin work on clearing debris and the fallen trees once the storm has fully subsided. Strong winds of up to 190kms per hr were recorded on the Coast of the county yesterday morning.
Donegal was another coastal county to feel the wrath of Ophelia. It has been reported that over 100 residents in Bundoran were left without power. Storm force wind began to develop after 5pm. Gardaí in the county have advised motorists to watch for felled trees on the roads today, with many roads closed yesterday. The Harry Blaney Bridge, Fanad, was closed yesterday but reopened this morning at 8am.
Elsewhere in the South, Limerick city was the victim of flash flooding and rising waters yesterday. Though it is not as badly affected as other Counties in Munster. University of Limerick has reopened today following the storm.
In Galway all coastal defences suffered and were breached in Salthill. This caused extensive flooding in the area. All buses and trains to and from the county were suspended, as were any postal deliveries. Flights and ferries to the Aran Islands were suspended also.
Nui Galway will reopen today, after it closed yesterday in preparation.
In County Clare, coastal towns were the worst affected, with strong winds recorded, especially in Lahinch. The rest of the county avoided the worst of Ophelia. The Cliffs of Moher, it has been confirmed, will remain closed today as a precaution.
A number of roads were also reported closed yesterday in County Tipperary, though council workers will commence the cleanup operations today. The roof of Lidl supermarket in Clonmel was blown off yesterday, as well as the roof of a local curtain shop. Further damage was done to the Clerihan National School near Cashel, with the roof suffering damage. Several other buildings are reported to have lost their roofs.
In Co. Waterford there were also many reports of trees felled by the high winds. Several buildings are reported to have lost their roofs in Portlaw Co. Waterford.
Other counties in Connacht were left without power and this may continue into this evening. This is the case in counties Sligo and Leitrim. It has been reported that over 1,300 homes in the Carrick on Shannon and Leitrim village areas remain without electricity. ESB say that over 3,000 homes in total in Leitrim county have no power. Sligo County Council meanwhile have warned that fallen trees have made a number of roads impassable.
Roscommon County Council also advised motorists that due to a number of fallen trees and debris, some roads are blocked. Mayo fell victim of strong winds, but suffered minor damage. There are reports of homes remaining out of power today and a few reports of fallen tree and debris on roads.
A number of roads were closed in Derry due to the storm. All bus services in Northern Ireland were suspended, as were rail services after 5pm. They will recommence today.
There were many reports of road closures and felled trees in counties such as Wicklow, Kildare, Wexford, Longford, Kilkenny, Westmeath, Carlow and Cavan. Local councils however worked tirelessly to clear the roads, with most reopened this morning.
There were scores of road closures reported in the Midlands, with fallen trees blocking or partially blocking national and regional roads in counties Kildare, Tipperary, Wicklow, Clare, Longford, Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny, Westmeath and Cavan. Local councils were working throughout the day to clear the roads.
In County Offaly there were reports of fallen trees in well over 60 areas in the county. Edenderry had over 22 incidents alone, with many roads blocked and power outages. Tullamore had reports of over 20 fallen trees, with reports of fallen esb poles also. In Birr there were 18 incidents, with some blocked roads as a result.
Many areas of the county remain without power, while the Walsh Island Water Scheme has been left without water this morning, as a water main burst yesterday evening.