Storm Gareth causes some local disruptions

Two weather warnings remain in place this morning as Storm Gareth batters the country.

 

Counties in the west and north-west are worst affected.

 

In Manorhamilton there are reports of trees down on secondary roads and motorists are advised to proceed with caution.

 

The Lough Gill road is closed between Dromahair village and Sligo.  The Road is blocked by fallen rocks at Sir Robert’s Point and detours are in operation at Shriff.

 

There are also a number of homes without power this morning.

 

The areas affected included Collooney in Sligo, while in Donegal power outages have also been reported in Derrybeg, Glenties and Milford.

 

Winds of up to 130 kilometers per hour have hit parts of the west and north-west over the past 24 hours as Storm Gareth continues to bear down on the country.

 

High seas have also led to coastal flooding in places.

 

The ESB says its crews are ready to address any potential power outages and is warning people not to approach any fallen wires or cables, and to contact them immediately.

 

The RSA is also asking road users to take care when out travelling this morning.

 

Met Eireann say the Status Orange weather alert will remain in place for counties Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo until 9 this morning.

 

A yellow wind alert’s in place for Munster, Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan and Roscommon until midday.

 

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