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Storm Ali Leaves Thurles ESB Customers Without Power

An Status Yellow wind warning will remain in place, here in Co. Tipperary, until at least 5.00pm this evening at the earliest, as strong winds from Storm Ali, leave more than 20,000 homes and businesses without power nationwide. A Status Orange wind warning also remains in effect until 1.00pm for more than half the country due to this storm.

The Electricity Supply Board (ESB) claim that over 20,000 customers currently remain without power, with the areas worst affected being Thurles, Tralee, Killarney, Galway, Sligo and Cork.

Nationally airline passengers are being advised to check with their particular operator, before travelling to their place of departure.

Weather experts warn of further heavy rain, flying debris, fallen trees, power cuts, flooding and travel disruption which continues to remain a danger in the worst-hit areas of the north west of the country.

The opening of the second day of the 87th annual National Ploughing Championships, at Screggan, Co. Offaly, Europe’s biggest outdoor event and the highlight of the Irish agricultural calendar, has been put back by two hours today, as a safety precaution. ‘Wellies’ are expected to be a necessity for visitors, with over 8mm of rain recorded as having fallen in the bordering host county of Offaly, overnight.

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