Storm Hector: 35,000 homes remain without power after 125km gales batter Ireland
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Storm Hector: 35,000 homes remain without power after 125km gales batter Ireland

UP TO 35,000 Irish homes and businesses remained without power this morning after Storm Hector battered the country with gusts of up to 125km/hr overnight.

The worst affected areas were those under Met Éireann's Orange Status alert: Donegal, Sligo, Galway and Mayo.

A number of fallen trees caused damage to overhead lines before the warning expired at 10am this morning.

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There are also some minor power cuts in Cavan and Monaghan to the north and Wicklow and Dublin to the east.

Anyone who comes across damaged power lines has been warned not to approach them and to inform ESB immediately.

Speaking on RTE Radio One's Morning Ireland, ESB's Head of Communications Bernadine Moloney said they expect power to be restored to everyone affected by this evening.

"We currently have 35,000 people out. The issue is we have summer-type trees in winter wind.

"We have a number of trees in full leaf that have come down in the winter winds, so one tree down is affecting a large number of customers.

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"We expect a lot of people back in the earlier part of the day and we do expect everyone back by this evening."