Yellow warning as Storm Eleanor heads for Ireland

Gladys Abbott
January 14, 2018

"Watch out for wind-blown debris, especially on secondary routes, and give a wide berth to pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists".

A statement says: "There is a power failure affecting equipment and Network Rail, who own and maintain the equipment have staff attending to assess and are working with the power companies to restore power as quickly as possible".

A weather warning for the northern part of Preston has been upgraded - as Storm Eleanor draws closer.

"We have been working in hard conditions since yesterday evening to restore power to over 20,000 customers and we'll continue to respond to reports of damage and reconnect supplies as quickly and safely as possible".

A "yellow" weather warning has been issued for many parts of the United Kingdom, including Wrexham, from 6pm this evening through to 6pm on Wednesday 3rd January.

Evelyn Cusack, the Deputy Head of Forecasting at Met Éireann, also warned there is a risk of more storm-force winds tomorrow and Thursday, particularly in the southwest.

"Gusts on Wednesday morning are expected to reach 45 to 50 miles per hour in places inland while along the coasts gusts as high as 65 miles per hour are likely".

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There are also issues with the ESB Network - 41 are without power in Kilcar a further 50 are without electricity in Ballymacarry. Damaging gusts will be likely inland also.

A separate Status Yellow alert, warning of gusts of up to 110km/h, is now in place for the rest of Ireland.

"Power cuts and disruption to other services - mobile phones for example - may occur, and there is a small chance of transport disruption or cancellation of public transport". Vince Crane, of the AA, said drivers should be careful.

"We are expecting there to be no property flooding as a result of high river levels, but there could be some issues caused by surface water flooding", said the site.

Gales are predicted, with gusts of 60mph to 70mph likely.

Coastal roads and properties along Britain's western and southern coasts are vulnerable to high waves throwing beach material on to sea fronts, forecasters warned.

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