Storm Barra: amper 60,000 homes in Ireland without power

Amper 60,000 homes in Ierland en 1,000 properties in Scotland have been left without power after Storm Barra swept in from the Atlantic bringing severe winds, rain and snow.

The latest outages came days after the final homes in Britain were reconnected after Storm Arwen, which caused “catastrophic damage” to electricity networks mainly in north-east Scotland, affecting 135,000 properties.

In Ireland the north-west bore the brunt of the storm overnight, and the severe weather was not expected to abate until Wednesday afternoon. Schools remained closed in 12 counties with electricity and water authorities working to restore supplies in the next 24 ure.

In Northern Ireland about 1,000 homes were without power, with the strongest gust reaching 75mph at Orlock, County Down.

Parks remained closed until Wednesday morning, and across the border an orange weather warning remained in place for Donegal until 2pm.

Met Éireann said the county would experience severe or damaging gusts of 62-80mph with localised stronger winds likely.

“Owing to a combination of high waves, storm surge and high tide, coastal flooding is expected. Disruption to power and travel are likely,” the forecaster said.

Oor 8,000 homes had lost power at the peak of the storm and extra staff were brought in to repair any damage to the Northern Ireland Electricity network.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) said about 1,000 customers were without power across northern Scotland – 700 of in the Grampian area – at 8am on Wednesday.

It restored power to more than 8,000 customers after Storm Barra struck and engineers were working to reconnect the rest.

While the storm is moving away, more rain is forecast in some areas on Wednesday and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued 11 flood alerts and three flood warnings.

There has also been disruption to rail and ferry services and three schools in Aberdeenshire are closed.

SSEN said it hoped to reconnect all affected customers on Wednesday.

Fears were also expressed in Donegal of further damage to homes of those living in houses built with defective building blocks, which cause walls to crack and crumble.

Die so-called mica scandal is at the centre of a political battle for compensation because of a failure to regulate the concentration of the mineral in the blocks.




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