Winds, rain lash county again

Batten down the hatches - the driving rain and gale force winds that pummeled the county yesterday aren’t letting up just yet.

Batten down the hatches - the driving rain and gale force winds that pummeled the county yesterday aren’t letting up just yet.

Winds of up to 130kph (80mph) battered Donegal for much of yesterday and last night, downing power lines in and cutting off phones in many parts of the county. Heavy rains also brought flooding to many areas, especially around Letterkenny.

A spokesperson for eircom said crews are out working to restore phone service as soon as possible. around 3,400 faults have been reported so far, the majority in Donegal, Sligo, Mayo and Galway. Crews will continue working right through to 5pm on New Year’s Eve, if necessary, the spokesperson added.

Met Eireann warns that winds will continue to gust up to gale force for much of the day but should slacken this evening. Outbreaks of heavy rain and some hail are also forecast today and this evening.

Although temperatures are relatively mild, with a reading of 9 degrees at Finner this lunchtime, the strong westerly winds and cold rain are making it feel a good bit chillier.

Winds will slacken and back southwesterly tomorrow, resulting in slightly higher temperatures of 9-12 degrees.

The forecast for New Year’s Eve is for the windy, cold, wet weather to return, with temperatures dropping to around 3 degrees and winds gusting above 80kph (50mph) after midnight.