Storm Callum update for region

Friday, 12th October, 2018 9:20am

Storm Callum update for region

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Strong winds will continue for this morning with warnings for Storm Callum remaining in place in some parts of the country.

As a result of last night's strong winds there are homes currently without power connection reported by ESB Networks east of Belturbet.

The fault was reported at around 5am this morning, with no indication yet to when power will be restored in that area.

Gusts in excess of 110km/h have been recorded during the storm, but no major incidents have yet been reported.

Leaves and debris remain scattered on roads, with warning for motors to take heed of ongoing conditions.

A Status Orange Weather alert remains in effect until later in coastal counties as damaging gusts of up to 130km/h continue to sweep in from the Atlantic.

ESB Networks meanwhile are reporting large faults in Kilkenny, Mayo, Wexford, Kildare, Donegal, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Galway.

The National Emergency Co-ordination Group is due to meet at around 9am to assess the current storm situation.

National weather service Met Eireann forecast showery rain overnight that will become widespread by morning.

That rain will continue across Ulster on Saturday, with temperatures of between 11 and 15 degrees and “light variable winds early on will become fresh to strong northwesterly along the west coast”.

They add that Sunday will be mostly dry to start with good sunshine for the morning, and scattered showers developing for the afternoon. “Temperatures 11 or 12 degrees with mainly moderate southwest winds falling light southerly later. Lowest temperatures Sunday night about 5 or 6 degrees.”

The outlook for the start of the week is dry “but there's uncertainty on this due to unsettled and mobile conditions, so the timing of the arrival of any rain may vary.”

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