Storm Eleanor to batter East Devon - weather warning in place

Ivan Schwartz
January 14, 2018

The road at the prom in Salthill had to be closed off and there were also impassable routes in Oranmore, Kinvara, and Clarinbridge.

Trees and branches may also have fallen across electricity lines; please do not approach or touch any fallen wires or the tree or branch that they are touching, the warning added.

Storm Eleanor's surge and gusts caused chaos last night - flooding busy streets; leaving homes and businesses under water.

27,000 homes across the country remain without power this afternoon.

Lancaster City Council put resources on standby for the high tide and severe winds predicted overnight (Tuesday).

This is in effect from 7.30pm until 4am tomorrow.

Chris Bell, Weatherquest forecaster said: "We are looking at a spell of windy weather that looks at its worst close to midnight and then it will be a windy spell through tonight and in to tomorrow". Damaging gusts will be likely inland also.

Approximately 55,000 electricity customers are without power, predominantly in counties Mayo, Leitrim, Sligo, Galway, Cavan and Monaghan, according to ESB Networks.

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Utility company Western Power Distribution says everyone affected should have services restored by lunchtime.

It comes after a day of power cuts afflicted parts of the country, with 12,000 houses in Northern Ireland and almost 3,000 in England and Wales being affected.

Dozens of warnings and alerts have been issued across large parts of the country, with high winds and some localised flooding expected.

The Dartford Crossing bridge was closed overnight on Tuesday due to the risky wind speeds and is due to reopen in time for morning rush hour. Vince Crane, of the AA, said drivers should be careful.

There is disruption on the Gatwick Express, Southern and Thameslink, with Network Rail warning services are subject to being cancelled, delayed by up to 15 minutes or revised.

A yellow wind warning covered all of southern England, Wales and up to Yorkshire and the Humber for the majority of the day.

"Along west-facing coasts, injuries and danger to life is likely from large waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, seafronts and properties".

"At this time of year there will be lots of people out and about visiting family and enjoying some time off and our advice is to keep at a safe distance from the coast, and from piers and promenades which will be particularly exposed".

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