Over 30,000 left without power after Storm Callum batters Ireland overnight
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Over 30,000 left without power after Storm Callum batters Ireland overnight

THOUSANDS have been left without power this morning following the arrival of Storm Callum last night.

AROUND 30,000 people are without power this morning in the aftermath of Storm Callum.

There were reports of gusts up to 110km/h and heavy rain in many places last night.

A Status Orange wind warning took effect from 10pm for Cork and Kerry, and from 12.01am in Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Dublin, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath and Waterford.

ESB Networks has reported outages in Donegal, Mayo, and Cavan, together with large outages in Kerry, Limerick, Cork and Dublin.

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However, Kilkenny seems to have borne the brunt of it, with an "extremely large fault" reported there.

Power faults have been reported in the following regions:

  • Kildorrey, Mitchelstown, Carrigrohane, Inniscarra, and Clogheen, and a large fault in Skibbereen and Baltimore in Co Cork
  • Annagry and Kincasslagh near Letterkenny in Donegal
  • Glenamaddy and Ballinasloe in Co Galway
  • Kenmare, Castleisland,  and Scartaglin, and a very large fault in the Sneem area of Co Kerry
  • The Naas area of Co Kildare
  • An extremely large fault in the Knocktopher and Paulstown areas of Kilkenny
  • Abbeyfeale, Athea, Pallasgreen and Kilteely in Limerick
  • Ballina in Mayo
  • Enniscorthy in Wexford

ESB Networks has apologised to customers who have lost power supply this morning.

The National Emergency Co-ordination Group is due to meet at around 9am to assess the situation, while the Department of Education has said schools and all education centres can remain closed if there are concerns about child safety.

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Met Éireann are keeping the Orange Status Wind Warning in place for Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Clare until 5pm on Friday evening, while the rest of the country will be taken off the orange status as of 9am on Friday morning.

The treacherous conditions led to major disruption for travellers in the aftermath of Storm Callum on Friday, with several flights and ferry crossings cancelled.

Aer Lingus said in a statement on Twitter: "Aer Lingus: A number of flights on our European network have been cancelled on Friday 12 October due to #StormCallum. Please check flight status before travelling to the airport."

Ryanair has said that they don't expect their routes to be affected but said that passengers will be notified if that changes.

They tweeted: “Flights are scheduled to operate, if your flight is affected you will receive an email and a text message with all the details.”

Anyone travelling through Cork Airport has also been advised to keep an eye out for updates.

They tweeted: "Currently we are not experiencing any weather related interruptions to flights but as the weather is expected to deteriorate later this evening please keep a watchful eye on weather updates later and your airline’s website."

Shannon Airport and Ireland West Airport Knock have both said that their airline schedules are due to operate as normal but they urged passengers to check their flight status before setting off for the airport.