Storm cuts off power to 8,000 homes, ferry sailings cancelled

Snow this morning at Knocklayde, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim. Pic: @Raymi111 on Twitter.

Up to 8,000 homes are without power this morning following yet another night of stormy conditions.

Lightning strikes and gusts of over 100 kilometres per hour battered the country overnight, causing damage to power lines.

There's cuts to electricity supplies in various parts of the country, but the south and south-east seems to be worst hit.

Up to 3,500 homes and businesses are without power in Enniscorthy and Wexford, while 2,500 in Bandon, Co. Cork, have also been affected.

ESB says the remaining 1,500 outages are scattered throughout the country, but particularly in Mayo and the mid-west.

Crews are currently repairing the damage and hope to have full service restored by mid-afternoon.

Meanwhile, Irish Ferries have been forced to cancel more swift ferry services today due to the adverse weather.

Passengers are being advised to check the company's website.

However, the company says it is continuing to operate cruise ferry services on the Dublin to Holyhead route.

And the wintry conditions have left some roads treacherous this morning.

Ruth Jephson of AA roadwatch says there have been many reports of black ice on the roads.

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