Storm leaves 3,000 customers without power

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Up to three thousand customers in Donegal were left without power after winds of up to 127km/h struck the county in the early hours of Thursday morning,

The winds brought down trees and power lines across the county. The ESB said the number of customers without power peaked at around 3,000 at 10am but the figure had dropped to 2,000 by 11am.

By 10am an ESB spokesperson said ESB Networks crews were working to restore power to about 1,400 customers in the Letterkenny area, 300 in Moville, as well as customers in Buncrana and Newtowncunningham. Dungloe, Ballybofey, Milford, Ramelton and Rossgier were also affected.

A tree came down close to Ramelton causing diversions to be put in place.

AA Roadwatch have reported that Grainne’s Gap was blocked by a fallen tree on the Buncrana to Muff road.

Fallen trees and debris on roads have been making driving conditions perilous around the county.

The strong winds began just before midnight on Wednesday and peaked at around 8am when the highest speed of 127 km/h was recorded at Malin Head.

Met Éireann said strong winds were expected to continue most of the morning before dying out around lunchtime.


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