Thousands left without power as 100km/h gales batter Kilkenny
THOUSANDS of homes in Kilkenny are without power this morning after gales of up to 100km/h battered the county last night.
ESB Networks indicated that areas of Kilkenny and neighbouring Carlow, along with Wicklow, Cavan and Leitrim are affected by the power cuts.
A status yellow wind weather warning issued by Met Éireann was in place until 9am.
South to south east winds will reach mean speeds at times between 50 and 65km/h and gusts between 90 and 100km/h, Met Éireann said, adding that winds may exceed these limits in coastal areas.
Met Éireann also issued a status yellow rain warning which was valid until 7am.
The warning was issued for Kilkenny, Carlow, Wexford, Waterford, Tipperary, Donegal, Cork, Clare and Connacht.
Heavy rain resulted in accumulations of 25 to 40mm, the meteorological service said, advising that flooding was possible.
Many parts of South Kilkenny again experienced flooding as large sections of the River Nore spilled over its banks.
The stormy weather has also made travelling conditions treacherous.
Irish Ferries confirmed that due to the adverse weather conditions on the Irish Sea, the 4.30pm Oscar Wilde sailing was cancelled. The Stena Adventurer sailing from Dublin to Holyhead due to depart at 8.10am was also delayed.
AA Roadwatch warned motorists to expect wind-blown debris on roads and urged them to be “particularly mindful” of vulnerable road users such as cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians.