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More storms follow Eleanor

Apart for minor flooding in some costal areas and a power outage at Spanish Point, County Clare escaped lightly from Storm Eleanor, which swept the country last evening and late into the night. Clare County Council staff members were out early today (Wednesday) to clear debris from roads and deal with some fallen trees. Today, stormy conditions followed on the back of Eleanor. High tides, driven by strong gusting winds, made for dramatic scenes along many headlands, harbours and beaches. Again the council’s senior engineer Tom Tiernan asked members of the public to exercise care around piers and resort car parks.

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‘Waves as high as two-storey house”

As storm Eleanor battered the West Clare coastline this afternoon (Tuesday), Clare Champion photographer John Kelly visited a few locations to capture images of its power. Standing at a distance, John described how waves “as high as a two-storey house” were crashing over the harbour wall at picturesque Liscannor. The  waves were also crashing high above the prom and seawall  at Lahinch, with water gushing through the alleyways and onto the Main Street. It was the same scenario at inlets, beach resorts and small harbours south of Lahich and north of Liscannor. Earlier in the day, Clare County Council warned  members of the public to avoid exposed coastal locations from this evening (Tuesday) through to tomorrow morning (Wednesday) due to forecast stormy conditions. The storm, named Eleanor under the Met Éireann / UK Met Office storm naming system,is moving in off the Atlantic and will move across the country this evening. Southwest to west winds of mean speeds 65 to …

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Electricity back all over Clare

ESB Networks have now restored power all over the county following Hurricane Ophelia. On Monday some 6,700 customers lost power as a result of the strong winds. At the time there were fears that people could be left without power for very long spells but those proved unfounded, and many people had electricity again within hours. By Wednesday afternoon only 70 customers were still without electricity, and those have now had it restored. A status yellow rainfall warning is in place for Clare, the rest of Munster and a number of Leinster counties today. There is also a status yellow warning in place for Saturday, with high winds expected, but conditions are very unlikely to be as bad as on Monday.

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Thousands of Clare homes without electricity

THOUSANDS of Clare homes have been left without electricity due to Hurricane Ophelia and it may be several days before some people have it restored. According to the ESB Networks in the region of 4,000 customers in Cranny, Miltown, Drumquin, Ennistymon, Kilrush, Ennis, Shannon, Cratloe, Tulla, and Scariff as well as their surrounds have been left without power. In a statement ESB Networks warned that many people will not have their electricity restored for some time. “As of 4:30 pm, approximately 360,000 electricity customers are without power as a result of over 3,200 individual faults on the network across the country. Fallen trees on overhead lines are responsible for most of the damage to the network. “The majority of customers who have lost supply at present will be without power tonight and over a number of days. Based on previous experience of Storm Darwin in 2014, where about 280,000 customers were left without supply, we can predict that it will …

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Ophelia causing damage across Clare

  THE impact of Hurricane Ophelia is being felt across Clare this afternoon, with trees down in numerous locations and many homes without power. Speaking to the Clare Champion Councillor Mike McKee said that about a third of homes in Shannon are without electricity, including many in the Ballycasey area. He also said a tree had fallen at Cluain Airne and a lamp post went down at Cill Cais. “It has been fairly wild over the last few hours, but I don’t think it’s as bad as when we had the last storm, three or four years ago,” he noted. Councillor McKee said that most business in Shannon Town Centre had closed, as had those in the Shannon Free Zone. He also said there have been dangerous driving conditions close to the airport, due to debris. In Ennis Councillor Mary Howard said the weather is very dangerous. “The gusts are very strong and its frightening,” she said. “My advice is …

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Storm Doris approaches

A NATIONWIDE Status Yellow weather warning has been issued by Met Éireann. The warning, issued at 10am this morning, states, “A rapidly deepening wave depression will track eastwards over northern parts of Ireland later Wednesday night and early on Thursday.” Storm Doris will bring a period of severe winds and heavy rain, with snow on northern hills. “Strong to gale force southwest winds will develop overnight and become gale force northwesterly by Thursday morning with severe gusts, especially in northern and eastern areas.” The warning is valid from a minute past midnight on Thursday morning until 11am later that day. Storms with the potential to cause substantial impact are named by the British Met Office and Met Éireann, moving through the alphabet. The first was named Abigail in November 2015, after members of the public suggested monikers for the Name Our Storms project. The forecasters are now in their second run of the alphabet – after Doris, people can expect …

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Storm Jake hits Clare

Over 2,000 homes and businesses were left without power after Storm Jake ripped through the county overnight and into early today (Wednesday). Wind gusts exceeding 110kmh and a series of severe thunderstorms affected the county as a result of Storm Jake and Kilmaley and Miltown Malbay were among the worst affected areas, with almost 1,000 properties left without electricity. ESB Networks said it expected power to be restored to all locations by this evening. Outages were also reported in Bellbharbour, Cofirin, Cratloe, Lissycasey, Kilshanny, Inagh, Quilty and Coore.

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Imogen lashes Clare coastline

Imogen, the latest in a spate of storms, is lashing the Clare coastline today (Monday). With high winds on the back of high tides, damage has been caused in the Kilkee area and Carrigaholt, near the Irish College.  Clare Champion photographer John Kelly is out and about recording the progress of the storm.   [doptg id=”96″]

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