Storm Brendan moving off – 32,000 without power but wind and flooding hazard remains

Some homes will be without power overnight as the ESB continues to restore power in the aftermath of Storm Brendan.
Met Éireann says a risk remains of strong winds and coastal flooding as Storm Brendan tracks away from Ireland leaving more than 32,000 without power and trees down countrywide. An orange-level wind warning with gusts of up to 130km/h in exposed areas was extended until midnight in Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, and Sligo. A status yellow wind warning is in place for 10 other counties. There is concern about flooding during the evening high tide in counties Galway, Clare, Mayo, Sligo, Donegal and Kerry. The ESB has restored power to 100,000 homes, farms and businesses over the course of Monday. Power cuts were reported across the country with Galway, Limerick, Kerry, Cork, and Donegal, among the worst affected areas. Winds started to ease along the west coast in the early afternoon although the second belt of strong gusts is forecast in the region this evening. The Coast Guard repeated its warning for people on the coast not to approach breaking waves during the storm conditions Howth the Coast Guard said it had “investigated reports of people putting themselves at risk during Storm Brendan” and spoke to multiple people around the harbour and seafront between Howth and Clontarf. Video footage and photographs show waves crashing over the walls along Dublin bay in Clontarf, Howth and Colimore Harbour in Dalkey as well as people standing near large waves. Storm Brendan made landfall on Monday morning bringing gusts of almost 100km/h over northeast counties and more than 140km/h off the coast of West Cork. The ESB said its crews have restored power to more than 100,000 homes, farms and businesses over the course of Monday with 32,000 without power supply as of 6pm. At its peak, 50,000 ESB customers were without supply.“High winds during daylight hours have hampered restoration efforts and have also caused further losses in supply. We expect the majority of those without power at the moment to have supply restored tonight, though some families will be without power overnight. High winds expected in the west and northwest this evening, so further cuts are possible.