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19th Aug 2023

Hundreds still without power after Storm Betty batters Ireland

Stephen Porzio

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There have also been several reports of falling trees and significant flooding.

Hundreds of homes and businesses are still without power after Storm Betty pummelled Ireland on Friday (18 August).

Speaking to JOE, an ESB Networks spokesperson said that the areas most affected by power outages from the storm are counties in the south or south-east of Ireland, as well as north Dublin.

The spokesperson also said that ESB Networks’ crews are mobilised and working to restore power as quickly as possible and that the best resource for information on real-time service interruptions is the electricity company’s Power Check application.

As Met Éireann had warned ahead of Storm Betty’s arrival in Ireland, the other main impacts of the weather conditions on Friday and overnight included difficult driving conditions, falling trees and flooding.

Dublin Fire Brigade has said it responded to a roll over road traffic collision involving two vehicles on the M50 at J9 Red Cow.

Firefighters were also at the scene in several other areas in the capital where trees were knocked down by the wind.

Meanwhile, Cork Safety Alerts posted videos to Twitter of significant flooding in several areas of the south of Ireland country due to Storm Betty.

As of Saturday morning, two Status Yellow weather warnings remain in effect.

One is a rain and wind warning issued by Met Éireann that applies to Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo. It will be valid until 11am on Saturday.

The other is a wind alert from the UK Met Office for Antrim and Down. This will remain in effect until Saturday at midday.

Main image via Twitter/DublinFireBrigade/CorkCityAlerts

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